Past Exhibitions

Hand-Painted Reproductions of Sri Lanka's Sigiriya Frescoes by Sugimoto Tetsurō (1899–1985)
July 10, 2018 - August 5, 2018

The Sigiriya Frescoes are 5th century cave paintings in Sri Lanka known for their exquisite images of apsaras, or celestial beings. Between 1937 and 1938, the Japanese painter Sugimoto Tetsurō, with the support of the City of Kyoto and permission from local authorities, undertook the production of accurate, full-scale replicas of these frescoes—the first foreign artist to do so. His paintings were later gifted to the Kyoto National Museum. Some of the original frescoes were damaged by vandalism after World War II; Sugimoto's reproductions reveal their original appearance, making them especially valuable for us today.

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