Treasures of the Imperial Collections
  -The Quintessence of Modern Japanese Art


Kawanobe Iccho, Unno Shomin, Rokkaku Shisui
Kawanobe Iccho, Unno Shomin, Rokkaku Shisui, et al.
Decorative Shelf with Design of Chrysanthemums 1903
the Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan
 (first period only)
  This exhibition, to be held only at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, features 180 selected masterpieces of fine and applied arts produced after the late modern period. All of these works are housed at the Imperial Household Agency's Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections), which was established in 1993 when generations of imperial collections were donated to the Japanese government. Categorized into 6 chapters, masterpieces such as Japanese Nihonga paintings by Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) and Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942), oil paintings by Takahashi Yuichi (1828-1894), sculptures by Takamura Koun (1852-1934), cloisonné works by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), and metal works by Unno Shomin (1844-1915) are to be exhibited. These masterpieces include furnishings which used to adorn Meiji Palace (completed in 1888), works commissioned by emperors, purchases by the imperial family made at expositions, presents and gifts from various quarters on auspicious occasions such as enthronement ceremonies, implements used at such ceremonies, and imperial portraits. Passed down from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods, they indeed comprise the pinnacle of modern Japanese fine and applied arts.
  At the same time, His Majesty the Emperor will celebrate his 80th birthday this December. His birthday coincides with the 50th anniversary of our museum and the 20th anniversary of the Imperial Household Agency's Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections). Held as one of several commemorative events being held at each museum, this exhibition is the first occasion to bring together this sublime collection of resplendent masterpieces which shine brilliantly in the history of modern Japanese art. It therefore presents a rare opportunity to systematically observe the quintessence of modern Japanese arts and crafts, which have been nurtured and preserved by the Imperial Household in the city of Kyoto.



Uemura Shoen "Snow, Moon and Flowers" 1937
   the Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan
   (Second period only)


Exhibition dates
November 9 (Sat.) ― January 13 (Sun./Holiday), 2014
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on December 23 (Mon./holiday), January 13 (Mon./holiday)
           Closed on December 10 (Tue.), 24 (Tue.) and, from 30 (Mon.) to January 2 (Thu.)

Hours
Regular hours
9:30AM-5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Organized by
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Imperial Household Agency
Nikkei Inc.

Co-Organized by
NHK Kyoto station
The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.

With the Sponsorship of
Gekkeikan Sake Company, Ltd.
Nakamura Tokichi Honten,Inc.
Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
K.Mikimoto & Co., Ltd.
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
Wacoal Holdings Corp.
Kyocera Corporation

With the Cooperation of
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.
Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd.

Admission
  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1,300 1,100 900
University students 900 800 600
High school students 400 300 200
Junior high school students
and younger
Free

*Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are
 admitted free of charge.(Please present certificate at the admission.)
*Advance tickets:
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 *Advance tickets are available for a limited period only. (9/2-11/8)

Related events
Commemorative Three-man Talk:
 "Modern Japanese Art Brought up by the Imperial Family"

TAKASHINA Shuji (Director, Ohara Museum of Art
        / Professor emeritus, the University of Tokyo)
OZAKI Masaaki (Exhibition supervisor
        / Former director, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)
OHTA Aya (Senior curator, the Museum of the Imperial Collections,
        Sannomaru Shozokan)
Date & Time: November 23 (Sat.), 2013 1:30-3:00PM
(numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F Lecture hall
Fee: Free Admission, maximum capacity 100
in Japanese only

Lecture:
"The Imperial Family and Modern Japanese Craft Art"

MATSUBARA Ryuichi (Chief curator, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)
Date & Time: November 16 (Sat.), 2013 2:00-3:30PM
(numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F Lecture hall
Fee: Free Admission, maximum capacity 100
in Japanese only

Lecture:
"The Imperial Family and Art World in the Meiji Era"

FURUTA Ryo (Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, University Art Museum)
Date & Time: December 14 (Sat.), 2013 2:00-3:30PM
(numbered tickets distributed 1:00PM-)
Place: Miyakomesse B1F Conference hall
Fee: Free Admission, maximum capacity 100
in Japanese only


Publicity materials
flyer PDF(1MB)

 



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