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Current Exhibitions

“Rendez-vous” through Arts―East Meets West―

Dancers by Edgar Degas Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi

Special Exhibition

“Rendez-vous” through Arts―East Meets West―

November 2 (Sat.), 2019 – December 22 (Sun.)

This exhibition is an Osaka-Tokyo collaboration held at our museum in Izumi City, Osaka, with support from Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, displaying mainly portraits and landscapes created by popular Japanese and European artists among the general population in Japan. It offers an opportunity to learn the different ways of expression, and the unique characteristics of artists from the East and West in the early modern to modern periods. These artworks have been selected from the collections of both museums, and include works by Katsushika Hokusai, Ito Jakuchu, Monet, and Renoir.



* The selection for the display is planned to change during the exhibition period.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Folding Screen with Design of Flowers of the Four Seasons by attributed to Tawaraya Sosetsu, Edo period, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Sliding Door with Design of Moon with Bush Clovers by Suzuki Kiitsu, Edo period, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Actor Bando Hikosaburo III as Sagisaka Sanai by Toshusai Sharaku, Edo period, Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi

Young Woman in Red Dress by Auguste Renoir, around 1892, France, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Water Lilies by Claude Monet, 1908, France, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Dancers by Edgar Degas, around 1879, France, Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi

Scheduled Exhibitions

Gorgeous Genjie―Genji Monogatari Tekagami (Scenes from The Tale of Genji) (Important cultural property)

Genji Monogatari Tekagami—Maboroshi (illusion) (Important cultural property) by Tosa Mitsuyoshi

Commemorating completion of the restoration
Regular Exhibition

Gorgeous Genjie―Genji Monogatari Tekagami (Scenes from The Tale of Genji) (Important cultural property)

January 19 (Sun.), 2020 – March 22 (Sun.)

Genji Monogatari Tekagami in our collection is a designated important cultural property, and a compilation of 80 pages, each of which bears a painting by Tosa Mitsuyoshi, an artist of the Tosa School in Senshu(in southern part of Osaka), from the beginning of the early modern period. The passages accompanying each of the scenes were copied by hand by 18 court nobles. Following designation of this work as an important cultural property in 2013, we conducted a preservation/restoration project over four years, starting in 2014. This exhibition is being held to commemorate the completion of the restoration and all 80 pages will be exhibited in rotation.

* The selection for the display is planned to change during the exhibition period.

Major Works to Be Exhibited
Genji Monogatari Tekagami (Important cultural property) by Tosa Mitsuyoshi, 1612

Past Exhibitions

Selected Works from the Kuboso Collection—Emaki Handscrolls

Ise Monogatari Emaki “Sekimori” (ICP)
Kamakura period

Special Display

Selected Works from the Kuboso Collection—Emaki Handscrolls

April 7, 2018 (Sat.) – May 27 (Sun.)

A number of emaki handscrolls from the museum collection produced from the Kamakura to Edo periods will be on display, and the works will be changed over the course of the exhibition. On display will be such works as the Kamakura-period Komakurabe Gyoko Emaki and Ise Monogatari Emaki (both important cultural properties), and the Muromachi-period Sanno Reigen ki (Important cultural property) and Edo-period Kobodaishi Gyojoki (Account of Life and Deeds of Kobodaishi). Also on display will be many notable works from the museum collection that came to Japan from China’s Southern Song Dynasty through the Imperial Family or the House of the Tokugawa Shogun such as Bansei, celadon vase with phoenix handles, Longquan ware (National treasure) and Shrike in barren tree by Miyamoto Musashi (Important cultural property) on display from May 2 to 27.

Major Works to Be Exhibited
Komakurabe Gyoko Emaki (Illustrated scenes from the “Horserace” chapter of the Eiga Monogatari) (Important cultural property) Kamakura period
Ise Monogatari Emaki (Illustrated scenes from the Tales of Ise) (Important cultural property) Kamakura period
Kitano Tenjin Engi Emaki (Illustrated Tales about Kitano Tenjin Shrine) Kamakura period
Konin Shonin Eden Dankan (Segment of Illustrated Biography of the Priest Konin) Kamakura period
Sanno Reigen Ki Emaki (Illustrated Miraculous Tales about the Gods of Sanno Shrine) (Important cultural property) Muromachi period
Kobodaishi Gyojo Emaki (Account of Life and Deeds of Kobo Daishi) Edo period
Bansei, celadon vase with phoenix handles, Longquan ware (National treasure) China's Sonthern Song Dynasty
Shrike in barren tree, by Miyamoto Musashi (Important cultural property) Edo period

Note: The works exhibited and layout may change during the exhibition.

Old Maps; Expansion! Around the World with Ancient Western Maps

Orbis Terrarum by Petrus Plancius 1594

Regular Exhibition

Old Maps; Expansion! Around the World with Ancient Western Maps

June 9, 2018 (Sat.) – July 29 (Sun.)

European cartography began and reached its height between the 16th and 17th century. Map-making was originally centered in Amsterdam and shifted to Paris over time. Maps were progressively updated as explorers crossed the oceans in search of new continents and returned to Europe with new discoveries. Maps represented an evolution of how people perceived the world as they reached outward with their imaginations.
As scholarly advances were made in such areas as astronomy and geography, so too did technological change come, changing map-making in fundamental ways, including the detail of what was represented in maps. The “Expansion" in the title of the exhibit refers to the expanding world as it appeared on paper, and how people were stimulated by the desire to know the unknown—motifs embodied in the world of cartography. The exhibition offers a close look at ancient maps to see how world maps evolved between the 16th and 19th centuries, which can also provide insight into how people’s world views changed during that time.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Map of East Asia by Abraham Ortelius 1570

World Map by S. Münster 1571

Map of Japan by Mercator–Hondius 1605

Orbis Terrarum by Petrus Plancius 1594

Ukiyoe Magic and Mononoke—Kijutsu Kurabe and Wakan Hyaku Monogatari

Nyuunryu Kosonsho (Gongsun Sheng)
by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Special Exhibition

Ukiyoe Magic and Mononoke—Kijutsu Kurabe and Wakan Hyaku Monogatari

August 11, 2018 (Sat. holiday) – September 24 (Mon. holiday)

This exhibition takes a close look at the heroes, heroines, and villains (mononoke) that appear in today’s manga and anime, derived from ukiyoe prints in the Fourth Kuboso Collection. All 36 prints in the Toyokuni Kigo Kijutsu Kurabe series (A Contest of Magic—Scenes by Toyokuni) by Utagawa Kunisada will be on display along with all 24 prints of Wakan Hyaku Monogatari (One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Enjoy the world of Ukiyoe prints enhanced by excerpts of novels and stories in which the characters appear from the works on display.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Toyokuni Kigo Kijutsu Kurabe series (A Contest of Magic—Scenes by Toyokuni) by Utagawa Kunisada Edo period

Wakan Hyaku Monogatari (One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi Edo period

The Tosa School and Sumiyoshi School—The Majesty and Wit of Yamatoe

Genji Monogatari Senmen Harimaze Byobu Attributed to Tosa Mitsunori Edo period

Special Exhibition

The Tosa School and Sumiyoshi School—The Majesty and Wit of Yamatoe

October 13, 2018 (Sat.) – December 2 (Sun.)

This exhibition will be held in connection with exhibitions at the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art (in 2017) and Sakai City Museum (October 2018). The exhibition focuses on the Tosa School of painters and the Sumiyoshi School, a later branch in the Momoyama period, both of which had been based in the Izumi area. The two schools were devoted to yamatoe, paintings specializing in techniques derived from ancient Japanese art. Much of the subject matter came from stories and waka poems, and the compositions used rich coloring. This exhibition provides an overview of yamatoe, and how it changed from the Muromachi to Edo periods, with a focus on the painters Tosa Mitsunori and Sumiyoshi Jokei, who had roots in the Izumi region.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Jitsugetsu Shokakuzu Byobu (Important cultural property) Muromachi period Mitsui Memorial Museum

Shiki Kachozu Byobu (Important cultural property) Attributed to Tosa Hirochika Muromachi period Suntory Museum of Art

Horikawa Yo-uchi Ekotoba by Sumiyoshi Jokei Edo period Tokyo National Museum

Genji Monogatari Tekagami (An Album of Illustrated Scenes from The Tale of Genji) by Tosa Mitsuyoshi Edo period Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi

Lacquerware—A Fascination with Color and Luster

Raden Rokakusansui Nijushikozu Rokuryogata-go

Regular Exhibition

Lacquerware—A Fascination with Color and Luster

December 15, 2018 (Sat.) – December 24 (Mon. holiday) and January 5, 2019 (Sat.) – January 27 (Sun.)

Approximately 60 antique lacquerware objects from Japan and China from the museum collection will be on display. There is a long history of handicrafts made with lacquer, dating back to the Neolithic age in China and the Jomon period in Japan. Lacquer dries hard to form a waterproof seal while providing a beautiful luster. For such reasons it was used in a variety of ways—on ordinary vessels for eating and drinking, tea utensils, personal ornaments, stationery, and implements and adornments for temples and shrines. Visitors will see objects made from a single lacquer color, black or vermillion, lacquerware sprinkled with gold or silver dust, even mother-of-pearl lacquerware with bright blues and reds.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Shu-urushi Kusuri-tsubo (Red-lacquered medicine jar) Muromachi – Momoyama period, Japan

Makie Akikusamon Hiranatsume Edo period, Japan

Makie Koi Zu Inro (Gold lacquer inro with carp design) Edo period, Japan

Shu-urushi Jihai (Vermilion lacquer) Han Dynasty, China

Kokushitsu Kikagataren (Black lacquer box with hollyhock design) Northern and Southern Song Dynasty, China

Raden Rokakusansui Nijushikozu Rokuryogata-go (Raden six-lobed foliate covered box with design of landscape and pavilions and the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety) China's Ming Dynasty

The Pleasures of Genjie—From Tosa Mitsuyoshi and Ukiyoe Prints

Genji Monogatari Tekagami “E-awase” (ICP)
by Tosa Mitsuyoshi 1612

Regular Exhibition

The Pleasures of Genjie—From Tosa Mitsuyoshi and Ukiyoe Prints

February 9, 2019 (Sat.) – Mar 24 (Sun.)

Genjie, paintings illustrating sections of The Tale of Genji, will be on display, starting with the Genji Monogatari Tekagami (Important cultural property) by Tosa Mitsuyoshi, the leading Tosa School painter of the Momoyama period, from the museum collection. Other works will include ukiyoe prints by Edo-period artist Utagawa Toyokuni III (the first Kunisada) and the second Kunisada. The Tale of Genji was written in the 12th-century Heian period by Murasaki Shikibu, and classic genjie that illustrate the story are on display, along with illustrations of Nise-Murasaki inaka Genji (Parody of The Tale of Genji) authored by Tanehiko Ryūtei that was in fashion in the late Edo period. Enjoy both worlds of genjie.

Major Works to Be Exhibited

Genji Monogatari Tekagami (An Album of Illustrated Scenes from The Tale of Genji) (Important cultural property) by Tosa Mitsuyoshi 1612

Nise-Murasaki inaka Genji (Parody of The Tale of Genji) by Utagawa Kunisada, authored by Tanehiko Ryutei 1829–1842

Genji-ko no zu by Utagawa Toyokuni III (Picture of Genji incenses) 1844–1847

Omokage Genji Gojuyonjo by Utagawa Kunisada II 1864–1865

Genji Gojuyonjo by Ogata Gekko 1892

Depicting Flowers, Birds, Insects and Fish—Okyo, Hiroshige and Siebold

Sketch by Maruyama Okyo, Edo period

Special Display

Depicting Flowers, Birds, Insects and Fish—Okyo, Hiroshige and Siebold

April 14 (Sun.), 2019 – June 2 (Sun.)

This is our first attempt to hold an exhibition centering on paintings in our collection that depict animals and plants. These displays consist of Japanese paintings and ukiyoe woodblock prints from the Edo Period (18th century) and lithographs from the 19th century created in Europe. Japanese ones include sketches by Maruyama Okyo, ukiyoe woodblock prints by the world-famous Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, and modern oil still-life paintings by Kumagai Morikazu and Takama Soshichi. The ones from Europe are lithographs, with colors added by hand, in Fauna Japonica and Flora Japonica published by Siebold, a German doctor and biologist who lived in Japan. A wild plant picture book from England and an Asian bird picture book from Asia, both of which were published around the same period, are also on display.

* The selection for the display is planned to change during the exhibition period.

Major Works to Be Exhibited
Shrike in barren tree, by Miyamoto Musashi (Important cultural property), Edo period
Sketch by Maruyama Okyo, Edo period
Peonies and Butterfly by Katsushika Hokusai, Edo period
Sweetfish from the series Uozukushi (Every Variety of Fish) by Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period
Peony by Kumagai Morikazu, 1973
Ginkgo biloba, Flora Japonica by Siebold, 19th century, Netherlands

A History of Japanese Print Works Traced through the Kuboso Collection

The 53 Stations of the Tokaido in the Hoeido edition, Nihonbashi (including first print) by Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period

Regular Exhibition

A History of Japanese Print Works Traced through the Kuboso Collection

June 23 (Sun.), 2019 – August 18 (Sun.)

This exhibition traces the historical transition of print works in our collection. The main exhibits are the Dharani Sutra (created during the Nara Period), stored in one of the Hyakumanto (one million pagodas), the oldest traceable publication in the world; and ukiyoe prints and wahon (print books in Japanese bindings) produced during the Edo Period. Other exhibits include those created using a variety of techniques, such as Buddhist images printed in ink from the Heian Period, Saga Books with woodblock prints from the early Edo Period, as well as Ito Jakuchu’s rubbing prints and Shiba Kokan’s copper-plate prints. This exhibition also displays the former personal collections of print books of Kaizuka Shigeki (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University) and Sasaki Gozo (Professor Emeritus, Waseda University).

* The selection for the display is planned to change during the exhibition period.

Major Works to Be Exhibited
The 53 Stations of the Tokaido in the Hoeido edition, Nihonbashi (including first print) by Utagawa Hiroshige, Edo period
Actor Ichimura Kamezo as Goro Tokimune by Torii Kiyonobu II, Edo period
Shinobazu Pond by Shiba Kokan, Edo period
Three Kingdoms (Former collection of Kaizuka Shigeki) with preface by Hayashi Gaho, Edo period
Eibutsu Shiga (Former collection of Sasaki Gozo) by Ooka Shunboku, Edo period

Jade Ware and Glassware―Focusing on Ancient China and Modern Europe―

Jade gui with oblique-lime pattern, Shang (Yin) Dynasty, China

Regular Exhibition

Jade Ware and Glassware―Focusing on Ancient China and Modern Europe―

September 1 (Sun.), 2019 – October 20 (Sun.)

Under the theme of jade and glass, both of which allow light to pass through, this exhibition introduces jade ware and glassware of China and Europe from our collection. Jade is a type of mineral, which has been highly valued since the Neolithic age in China, and a material from which a great number of artifacts have been created to date. With regard to glasswork in China, some were fashioned as copies of jade work from ancient time, while colorful works using different colored glass were created during the early modern period. In addition to those from China, this exhibition includes items from Europe, such as ancient colored glass from the Mediterranean region and Bohemian glass from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. This exhibition offers a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of jade and glass and the elaborate handiwork involved in the ware on display.

Major Works to Be Exhibited
Jade zong with animal mask motif, Neolithic Age, China
Jade axe, Neolithic Age, China
Jade bi disk with grain pattern, Western Han Dynasty, China
Blue and white glass snuff bottle with peonies and butterflies, Qing Dynasty, China
Hexagonal goblet with deer, around 1880, Czech Republic
Gold palmette-patterned decanter, around 1890 to 1910, Czech Republic

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