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Monday, November 09, 2015

Kyocera Museum of Art Treasures of Yasaka Shrine


For the first time in 13 years various treasures from Yasaka Shrine will go on display at the Kyocera Museum of Art in south Kyoto.

Rakuchu Rakugai Zu, Kyocera Museum of Art.

Last exhibited at the Kyoto National Museum in 2002, the pieces on show include works of art dedicated to Yasaka Jinja by the Tokugawa shogunate on the occasion of the reconstruction of the Main Hall of the shrine during the early Edo Period in 1654.

Bankeizu, Kyocera Museum of Art, Kyoto.

Highlights of the exhibition include a folding screen (byobu) entitled Scenes in and around the Capital showing the procession of floats (yamahoko) during the annual Gion Matsuri in July and the former Hoko-ji Temple Buddha Hall.

Another standout piece on display is Bankeizu, a screen painting of a rooster and a hen by the famed artist Maruyama Okyo (above).

Sunamochi Emaki.

On show to the public for the first time ever is the Sunamochi Emaki scroll painting (above), which illustrates scenes of people constructing a place for remote worship of Emperor Jimmu in the precincts of Yasaka Shrine in the fourth year of the Meiji Period in 1871.

Other works include fine textiles and lacquer work.

Previously 14 Special Exhibitions have been held at the Kyocera Museum of Art, including Nihonga contemporary Japanese paintings collection (2000); photographs by Ansel Adams (2008); sculptures by Shinya Nakamura (2010); cultural assets of Fushimi (Kyoto) from the early modern period (2014); and the artworks of Yumeji Takehisa, a prominent painter of Taisho Romanticism (2014).

Brocade Robe with Quince Arabesques on Red Ground.

Kyocera Museum of Art
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1F)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho
Kyoto, 612-8501
Hours: 10am-5pm; November 3 (Tue) through December 6 (Sun), 2015
*The museum is open every day during this special exhibition.
Admission: Free
Access: From Takeda Station (Kintetsu Kyoto Line or Karasuma Subway Line) take a Kyoto city bus from the northwest exit to Pulse Plaza Mae bus stop (5 minutes from Takeda Station) or walk from the station for about 20 minutes.

Red Lacquered Bottles with Quince Crest in Makie.

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