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2019.06.12

Masterwork of the Japanese master painter Higashiyama Kaii, the “Sliding Door

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HIGASHIYAMA KAII:  Toshodaiji Temple’s Miedo Wall Paintings

 

Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art

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Sliding door paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple

“Tosei (” (partial) (1975). In the possession of Toshodaiji Temple

 

The Special Exhibition of HIGASHIYAMA KAII’s Sliding Door Paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple will be held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Television Hokkaido.

As Toshodaiji Temple in Nara Prefecture is under restoration, all the 68 sliding door paintings for the Meay-do painted by HIGASHIYAMA KAII will be borrowed from the temple and exhibited in Hokkaido for the first time.

It took HIGASHIYAMA KAII ten years to complete these sliding door paintings of Japanese and Chinese landscapes as a tribute to Ganjin Wajo, who founded Toshodaiji Temple. They are the painter’s monumental masterpiece. In addition, his representative work “Midori hibiku (Vibrant Green)” and last work “Yusei (Evening Star)” will be specially exhibited.

Please do not miss this opportunity to see the masterwork of the Japanese master painter Higashiyama Kaii, the “Sliding Door Paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple”.

 

Period  Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, July 28, 9:30 – 17:00  closed on Mondays

Venue  Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art 

Kita 1-jo Nishi 17-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo  060-0001

TEL. 011-644-6882, Telephone Information Service. 011-612-7000

Official website of the exhibition;

https://www.tv-hokkaido.co.jp/event/

Admissions: Adult 1,500 (1,300) yen, university, college and senior high students 800 (600) yen, junior high students 600 (400) yen

Prices shown in (  ) indicate advance-discount/group/repeater tickets.

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Representational images of the exhibition 
Photo by:   OTA Nobuaki

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Sliding door paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple “Tosei (Sound of Waves)”

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Sliding door paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple “Kozan gyoun (Dawn Clouds in Huangshan)” (1980). In the possession of Toshodaiji Temple

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Sliding door paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple “San’un (Mountain Clouds)” (partial) (1975). In the possession of Toshodaiji Temple

 

 

To commemorate the exhibition of the Sliding Door Paintings for the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple, HIGASHIYAMA KAII’s representative works in the possession of Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum will be specially exhibited so that the road to production of the sliding door paintings and the development of the painter’s artistic activities up to his last years may be appreciated.

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First term: June 8 to July 3 | “Midori hibiku (Vibrant Green)” (1982) 

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Second term: July 4 to 28 | “Yusei (Evening Star)” (1999)

Both paintings are in the possession of Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum

 

Toshodaiji Temple, Nara, was founded by Ganjin Wajo, a high priest from the Tang Dynasty China, in 759 and is now the head temple of Japan’s Ritsu-shu denomination of Buddhist teachings. The remnants of the shinden (main building) of Ichijo-in, the betto-jiin (a temple attached to a shrine) of Kofukuji Temple, were relocated to construct the Meay-do in 1964 for the purpose of establishing the Seated Statue of Ganjin Wajo (a national treasure) as part of the project for commemorating the 1200th anniversary of Ganjin’s death. Production of the 68 sliding door paintings for five rooms of the Meay-do, as well as of door paintings for the miniature shrine to accommodate the Seated Statue of Ganjin Wajo, was entrusted to Higashiyama Kaii upon request by the then Doyen MORIMOTO Kyojun in 1970, and was completed after about ten years’ planning. The Meay-do has been under the Heisei Restoration since 2015, and the Seated Statue of Ganjin Wajo has been transferred to the new treasure house.

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External appearance of the Meay-do, Toshodaiji Temple

 

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