Exhibitions

The savor of Rinpa artists: Kōetsu, Sōtatsu, Kōrin, Kenzan and Hōitsu

2019.12.14|Sat| - 2020.01.21|Tue|

Overview

The Rinpa is a unique school of art that was perpetuated by artists who had an affinity with its style, starting in the early Edo period with Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu being forerunners. Ogata brothers, Kōrin and Kenzan, elevated the school to a higher plane, and Sakai Hōitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu endeavored to revive the tradition toward the end of the eighteenth century. The Rinpa artists encompassed a wide range of art forms from paintings to lacquerware, earthenware and textile, producing many innovative, sophisticated designs. This exhibition showcases masterpieces of these prominent Rinpa artists, notably Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Calligraphy of Poems from the ‘Shin-Kokin Wakashu’ on Paper decorated with Deer), Ogata Kōrin (The Empress Akikonomu) and Sakai Hōitsu (Wisteria, Lotus and Maple). Rediscover the finesse of Rinpa art that is never lost through a passage of time.

STORY ABOUT NISHI-NO-TAI Scene from the Tales of Ise
Attributed to Tawaraya Sōtatsu
Edo period, 17th c.

CALLIGRAPHY OF POEMS from the Shinkokin-wakashū on Paper Decorated with Deer
Hon'ami Kōetsu ( 1558 - 1637 )
Underpainting by Tawaraya Sōtatsu
Momoyama - Edo period,  17th c.

 

THE EMPRESS AKIKONOMU
Ogata Kōrin ( 1658 - 1716 )
Edo period,  18th c.

 

TAOISTIC IMMORTAL QIN GAO
Ogata Kōrin ( 1658 - 1716 )
Edo period, 18th c.

 

COVERED BOX
Ogata Kenzan (1663 - 1743)
Edo period,  18th c.

 

SNOW, MOON AND FLOWERS
Sakai Hōitsu ( 1761 - 1829 )
Dated 1820,  Edo period
Important Art Object