Treasures from Kyoto 300 years of Rinpa creation
National Treasure Wind God and Thunder God by Sōtatsu displayed for the first time in Europe. Once-in-a-lifetime selection of Rinpa School masterpieces The Rinpa school, the celebrated style embodying the decorative nature of Japanese art, was established during the 17th Century by Honami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu, and continued through the efforts of individuals such as Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716), and later, Kamisaka Sekka in the modern era. Major features of Rinpa art are the dazzling and vibrant stylistic qualities and the groundbreaking layout and composition which remain relevant today.
This exhibition focuses on Rinpa School masterpieces created in Kyoto and includes a National Treasure and Important Cultural Properties. These pieces are rarely exhibited to the public even in Japan. Painting is central to the Rinpa School, but calligraphy, ceramics, and lacquerware are presented along with the paintings to relay the comprehensive nature of this school that encapsulates the essence of Japanese art, and to demonstrate how its stylized beauty and fresh design sensibilities became integrated into everyday life and remain relevant today.
Curators/ Yoshiyuki Hosomi, Director, Hosomi Museum Ryuichi Matsubara, Deputy Director, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Manuela Moscatiello, In Charge of Japanese collection at Musee Cernuschi – Paris