The Museum Yamato Bunkakan opened on October 31, 1960. Its primary collection was collected by its first museum director, the art historian Yukio Yashiro. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the opening of the museum, this exhibition recreates the “special exhibit marking the opening of the museum” that was held 60 years ago. It will assemble all of the masterpieces of the MuseumYamato Bunkakan collection.
60th Anniversary Exhibition Ⅱ
Session May 22, 2020 – July 5, 2020
Among the collection gathered after the opening of the museum, representative works will be exhibited. Japanese paintings, Chinese/Korean paintings, and craft works, all rare, that were collected to reflect the achievements of research are assembled. Please view the history of a collection that has been accumulated piece by piece.
The Buddhist Art of the Museum Yamato Bunkakan―the Beauty and Shape of Prayer
Session July 10, 2020 – August 16, 2020
The highly appreciated Buddhist art collection of the Museum Yamato Bunkakan is exhibited, such as the adorable gilt bronze Buddha, gorgeous Buddhist painting of the Goryeo kingdom, and the Miya Mandala, which majestically depicts a shrine and its grounds. Please enjoy the various Buddhist artworks that were born from the prayers of people.
Beauty in Mirrors ―What Mirrors Reflect
Session August 21, 2020 – October 4, 2020
Exhibits mirrors made in China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula, mirrors that have been drawn, and lacquered boxes that store mirrors. It will unravel people’s various thoughts that are reflected by mirrors, such as belief in mirrors as Buddhist objects or as items to protect oneself against evil.
Special Exhibition : Paintings and Prints of the Anhui Region
Session October 10, 2020 – November 15, 2020
The Anhui region of China has the beautiful and picturesque scenery of Mt. Huang, and it has been known since ancient times for the production of stationary items like ink and ink-stones. This exhibition will center on the Ming and Qing Dynasties and introduce paintings, prints, and craft works that were made in the Anhui region.
The Allure of Letters/The Beauty of Calligraphy
Session November 20, 2020 – December 25, 2020
Beautifully written letters have since ancient times been appreciated and beloved. In addition, letters were at times depicted together with paintings to express an even deeper world. This exhibition displays works that are full of the deep allure of letters.
The Hobbies and Culture of the People in the Edo Period
Session January 6, 2021 – February 14, 2021
By acquiring culture and enjoying elegant hobbies, the people of the Edo period made their lifestyles rich. This exhibition will examine the comfortable way of life that Japanese people once enjoyed.
Blue and White Ceramics of China and Japan ―Kaseyama-yaki of Kyoto
Session February 19, 2021 – April 4, 2021
The blue and white porcelain of China, with vivid blue patterns on a white background, has been beloved and displayed across the world. This exhibition explores the acceptance and development of the blue and white in Japan, such as the Kaseyama-yaki of Kizugawa in Kyoto Prefecture.