Past Exhibitions

Masterworks of Qi Baishi from the Suma Collection
January 30, 2019 - March 17, 2019

In conjunction with the exhibition Qi Baishi: Master of Modern Chinese Painting, which features temporary loans, we are pleased to present an outstanding selection of Qi Baishi (1864–1957) paintings from the Suma Collection, one of the cornerstones of the Kyoto National Museum's Chinese art holdings. The Suma Collection was amassed by Suma Yakichirō (1892–1970), a diplomat posted to China for more than a decade in the pre-World War II years. Suma befriended numerous Chinese artists, among them the yet unknown painter Qi Baishi. Recognizing Baishi's talent, Suma proactively sought to acquire his works as well as to deepen his relationship with the artist. He considered landscapes to be the quintessence of Qi Baishi's oeuvre—exemplified by the Suma Collection masterpiece Song-style Landscape. The paintings on view here reveal not only the talent of this virtuoso of modern Chinese painting, but also the keen, discerning eye of the patron who discovered and collected his work.

The exhibition has two installations:
Part I: January 30-February 24, 2019
Part II: February 26-March 17, 2019

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