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Jian ware Tea bowl “Yohen Tenmoku” (called “Inaba Tenmoku”) Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century, China
National Treasure
Jian ware Tea bowl “Yohen Tenmoku” (called “Inaba Tenmoku”)
Southern Song dynasty, 12th-13th century, China
“The Barrier Gate” (Sekiya) chapter from the Tale of Genji
The Barrier Gate” (Sekiya) chapter from the Tale of Genji
National Treasure
Tawaraya Sōtatsu
TOP: “The Barrier Gate” (Sekiya) chapter from the Tale of Genji
Bottom: “Channel Markers” (Miotsukushi) chapter from the Tale of Genji
Pair of six fold screens, color on gold-leafed paper, Edo period, dated 1631

Commemorating the 130th Anniversary of Seikado and the Opening of the New Museum Inaugural Exhibition I

The Resonance of
the Art Treasures:
The Seikado Collection

Celebrating its 130th anniversary, Seikado has relocated its museum galleries from Okamoto, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, to the first floor of the Meiji Seimei Kan (completed in 1934), an important cultural property of the Marunouchi district in central Tokyo.

This exhibition, the first in a series of exhibitions commemorating the opening of the new galleries, will feature four themes, including all the national treasures in the Seikado collection, tea ceremony utensils, Rimpa (Japanese painter group of the Edo period) works, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, ceramics, swords, and other selected masterpieces, all of which will be displayed in the new space.

The four exhibition rooms, which face the foyer surrounded by natural light from high skylights in the stately, marble-framed architecture of a typical modern Western-style building from the early Showa period (1930’s), welcome you with works of art that echo each other’s beauty while radiating a centuries-old luminosity.

In mid-Meiji 20’s (late 1880’s-early 1890’s), Iwasaki Yanosuke who is the founder of Seikdo was building the Mitsubishi office complex in Marunouchi. He had hoped to create a museum in a corner of the district, and now the dream of the founder is coming to fruition over 100 years.

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