Aug. 5-Sept. 27
For this exhibition, the Suntory Museum of Art brings to Tokyo a collection of masterpieces from the Fujita Museum in Osaka.
Founded by business magnate Denzaburo Fujita in 1954, the Fujita Museum is known for its rare collection of Japanese historical art, of which nine works are National Treasures and 51 are Important Cultural Properties.
Exhibits in this show include Kamakura Period (1185-1333) buddhist sculptor Kaikei’s “Jizo Bosatsu Ryuzo,” painter Munehiro Fujiwara’s 1136 “Ryobu Daikyo Kantoku Zu” and the 12th- and 13th-century “Yohen Tenmoku Chawan” tea bowl. Such tea bowls, which are admired for their tenmoku glaze of yohen glistening iridescent spots, can also be found at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum in Tokyo and Ryukoin subtemple of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto. However, the Fujita Museum piece is the only one known to have such spots on the exterior, rather than interior, of the bowl.
Suntory Museum of Art; 3F Tokyo Midtown Galleria, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku,Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.) ¥1,300. Closed Tue. 03-3479-8600; www.suntory.com/sma
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