This special feature explores the theme of asobi or play/amusement from the Kyoto National Museum’s variegated collection of works through motifs and scenes of music and dances offered to deities, banquets, moon viewings, flower viewings, boat rides, theater outings, igo and sugoroku board games, poetry matches, shell-matching games, incense-smelling games, children’s rides, and playing with dolls. Come enjoy the museum and learn about renowned works through this familiar theme and encounter hidden treasures in this exhibition.
Saturday, July 13 to Sunday, August 25, 2013Special Exhibition Hall
Captivating Qing-dynasty Ceramics
Among the celebrated, time-honored Chinese ceramic wares, the ceramics of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) stand out for its exquisite, elaborate features. Qing ware are known to have been cherished by European royalty and nobility. These valuable objects, which greatly influenced ceramic production throughout Japan, were imported to the country both during its isolation period as well as after it opened its doors to the world. This special exhibition introduces exemplary works of Qing ware and examines how the Japanese admired them through the discoveries made in recent studies.
Saturday, October 12 to Sunday, December 15, 2013Special Exhibition Hall
Visiting Early Temples in Minami Yamashiro
Located at the basin of Kizu River in southern Kyoto Prefecture, between Nara and Kyoto, Minami Yamashiro is scattered with early temples that convey the tradition of Buddhist faith from the Nara period (710–794) on. The Kyoto National Museum has conducted surveys of the Buddhist statues, decorative arts, calligraphy, and paintings from the temples in this area and will hold a special exhibition to introduce the numerous outstanding works of Buddhist art from this quiet mountain village.
Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, June 15, 2014Special Exhibition Hall