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Nezu Museum of Art "Special Exhibition: The Temptation of Color in the National Treasure Lion Flower Drawings"

Period: Apr 18, 2020 - May 17
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"Shishihana Zufu" by Kosuke Ogata (1657-1716) is a work depicting a group of woodpeckers using only two types of paint, Gunjo and Green-Blue[Rokusho] on a large screen with gold leaf.  These three colors of blue, green and gold (yellow) were often combined and had a special tradition in Japan and the Orient. On the other hand, the sense of color of this work can be seen as reflecting the aesthetic sense unique to the Edo period.
 In this exhibition, there are medieval Buddhist paintings with gold on the screen mainly in blue and green, and pottery works of the same era, such as the three colors of the new Kokutani and Huang Seto, where these three colors are active, By exhibiting a number of gold screens that share the same color tendency, we will try to shed a new light on the "Shishihana-zu-kaze".

Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Admission closes at 4:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, May 12 - Sunday, May 17
Open until 19:00 (admission closes at 18:30)
HolidayEvery Monday, but open on Monday, May 4
AdmissionGeneral 1300 yen Students 1000 yen
Groups of 20 or more people, persons presenting a disability handbook and accompanying persons are discounted by 200 yen, and junior high school students and younger are free of charge.


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