Hoping Items Will Last Another 100 YearsExhibition of 800 "Gems" at Museum29 September 2013 - Sightseeing/Events
The Museum of Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, is holding a special exhibition, "Kyoto Collection: Paintings, Decorative Arts and Antique Toys," that displays choice items from Kyoto Prefecture's collection that are worth passing down to posterity even 100 years from now. Visitors are enjoying a variety of exhibits, including paintings and crafts, as well as rare folk toys, musical instruments for "gagaku," or ancient court music, and others.
The exhibition was organized in commemoration of the museum's 25th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the Kyoto Prefectural Library and Archives. The exhibit contains a total of approximately 800 items that include the series of paintings titled "Kyo no Hyakkei," or one hundred views of Kyoto, and "Kyo no Shiki," or four seasons of Kyoto, a part of the collection of Kampo Yoshikawa, a cultural historian, and the Marubeni Collection that has been entrusted to the exhibition. The exhibition will be divided into three periods.
Exhibits also include Japanese style paintings by Kayo Yamaguchi, Chikkyo Ono, Fuku Akino and others from the Kyoto art world, and works by two Living National Treasures, Fukumi Shimura, a dyeing and weaving artist, and Sayoko Eri, a craftsperson of kirikane, or cut gold leaf art. There is also western tableware crafted by Rokube Shimizu III and others at the request of Kyoto Prefecture in order to entertain state guests in the early Meiji Period. The exhibition lasts until December 1. It is closed on Mondays. If Monday is a national holiday, it is open on Monday and closed the next day. There is an admission fee.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)