Past Exhibitions

Feature Exhibition: The Tokugawa Shoguns and Kyoto: Treasures from Chion-in and Other Temples and Shrines
June 14, 2016 - July 18, 2016

Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542–1616), the first shogun of early modern Japan, is most closely associated with Edo (present day Tokyo), where he established a new military government. Lesser known is the extent to which Ieyasu and other Tokugawa shoguns patronized temples and shrines in Kyoto—long the stronghold of Ieyasu’s rival warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537–1598). This exhibition, four hundred years after Ieyasu’s death at age 75, examines how rulers of the new Tokugawa regime protected and supported religious institutions in the ancient capital. It introduces this history through important artworks from Kyoto shrines and temples, especially the major temple of Chion-in, including a pair of seated portrait sculptures of Tokugawa Ieyasu and his son Hidetada (1579–1632) collectively designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2014.

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