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Sotatsu—Scenes from Genji, Ise, and Saigyo Tales

Matsukaze, Scenes from the Tale of Genji by Tawaraya Sotatsu

Special Display

Sotatsu—Scenes from Genji, Ise, and Saigyo Tales

September 17 (Sun.), 2023 – November 12 (Sun.)

This special display will feature the work of Tawaraya Sotatsu, a painter of some note in Kyoto who was active during the early Edo Period. Sotatsu set about illustrating a variety of individuals from common people to aristocrats in Kyoto when another popular artist, Tosa Mitsuyoshi, began producing paintings following his evacuation from Kyoto to Sakai due to the turmoil brought about by war. Although pictures depicting The Tale of Genji were known to be the specialty of the artists of the Tosa School, Sotatsu also left a number of paintings depicting this tale in his own style, somewhat different from that of Tosa. He was the founder of the Sotatsu School, which was one of the most important schools in the Japanese art scene during the Edo Period. We will exhibit his work on stories, as well as other works from his studio, Sotatsu Kobo, including the tales of Genji and Ise, many of which have been loaned from some national museums in Japan as well as private collections.

Main Display Items
Water Fowl in the Lotus Pond (National Treasure) by Tawaraya Sotatsu, Kyoto National Museum, Edo period
Scene from the Gatehouse (Sekiya) Chapter of The Tale of Genji (Important cultural property) by Tawaraya Sotatsu, Tokyo National Museum, Edo period
Screen with Scattered Fans (Important cultural property) by Tawaraya Sotatsu, on loan from Daigoji Temple, Edo period
Remains of Screen with Scenes from the Tale of Genji (Kiritsubo) by Tawaraya Sotatsu, Idemitsu Museum, Edo period
Yokobue (Flute), Scenes from the Tale of Genji by Tawaraya Sotatsu, Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi, Edo period
Scene from the 7th Chapter (Kaeru Nami) of the Tale of Ise by Tawaraya Sotatsu, Kyushu National Museum, Edo period

Past Exhibitions

Japanese Art Masterpieces and Cultural Properties of Izumi

Illustrated scenes from the “Horserace” chapter of the Eiga Monogatari (Important cultural property), Kamakura period

Special Display

Japanese Art Masterpieces and Cultural Properties of Izumi

April 9 (Sun.), 2023 – June 4 (Sun.)

Our special display this year will comprise Japanese masterpiece paintings, calligraphy and craftworks from our museum collection, all featuring the beauty of each era: calligraphy from the Heian Period, picture scrolls from the Kamakura Period, ink paintings from the Muromachi Period, and ceramics from the Momoyama Period. Some of them are truly famous pieces, including the National Treasure, Kasen Uta-awase (A Competition comparing coupled poems by Poetic Immortals) and the Important Cultural Property, Koboku meigekizu (Shrike in Barren Tree) drawn by Miyamoto Musashi.
This display also includes a number of Izumi’s valuable cultural properties, such as sutra scrolls and Buddhism paintings from Senshu-Matsuoji Temple, along with bronze mirrors and ceramics excavated from the sutra mound at Mt. Makio.

*There will be changes to displayed items over the course of the exhibition.

Main Display Items
A Competition comparing coupled poems by Poetic Immortals (National Treasure), Heian period
Illustrated scenes from the “Horserace” chapter of the Eiga Monogatari (Important cultural property), Kamakura period
Shrike in Barren Tree (Important cultural property) by Miyamoto Musashi, Edo period
Bronze square mirror with design of Horai (Important cultural property), Muromachi period
Teabowl, Karatsu ware, known as “Sambo” (Three treasures) (Important cultural property), Momoyama period
Peacock Sutra Mandala (Important cultural property), on loan from Senshu-Matsuoji Temple, Kamakura period
Sixteen Arhats, on loan from Nokecho Town Council, Nanbokucho period
Sixteen Arhats, on loan from Mancho Town Council, Muromachi period
Silver plated bronze calligraphy water dropper with butterfly, bird, plant and flower design (Cultural Property designated by Izumi City), excavated from the sutra mound at Mt. Makio, on loan from Izumi City Board of Education, Heian period

Scenes of Famous Places on the Tokaido Road—Shogun’s Trip to Kyoto in Ukiyoe Paintings

Kanbara, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Utagawa Hiroshige II

Regular Exhibition

Scenes of Famous Places on the Tokaido Road—Shogun’s Trip to Kyoto in Ukiyoe Paintings

June 25 (Sun.), 2023 – August 20 (Sun.)

The year 2023 marks the 160th anniversary of when the 14th Shogun of the Tokugawa government, Tokugawa Iemochi, traveled to Kyoto in 1863. During this year, our museum will exhibit all 158 pieces of the Tokaido Meisho Fukei (Scenes of Famous Places on the Tokaido Road), which depicted the Shogun’s Kyoto trip for common people, over two periods. This series of painted scenes, acting much like a set of illustrated journals, was created by ukiyoe painters of the Utagawa School, including Utagawa Toyokuni III, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Ochiai Yoshiiku, and Kawanabe Kyosai (Chikamaro). We will present this exhibition in a family-friendly way, with captions accompanying exhibits that will explain key points and the way to enjoy ukiyoe with children in mind.

Main Display Items
Yuigahama, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, May (1863)
Numazu, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Utagawa Toyokuni III, April (1863)
Abekawa, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Utagawa Yoshitora, May (1863)
Okazaki, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Chikamaro, April (1863)
Tenryugawa, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Toyohara Kunichika, April (1863)
Shimabara, Tokaido Meisho Fukei by Ochiai Yoshiiku, May (1863)

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