Past Exhibitions

Special Exhibition: “Japanese Bamboo Art from New York: The Abbey Collection, Gifts to The Metropolitan Museum of Art”


Japanese bamboo art is characterized by light, graceful forms composed of elaborate linear patterns. Its remarkably modern feel, giving a new perspective to the viewers, has been enhancing its worldwide recognition. The Diane and Arthur Abbey Collection of Japanese bamboo art is regarded as one of the world’s preeminent collections. It was first introduced to the public in 2017, in an exhibition organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection”. The present version of the same exhibition at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics Osaka brings together a selection of ceramics from the Museum’s collection with 75 modern and contemporary bamboo works from the Abbey Collection, all promised gifts to The Met.

In addition to the gallery display, contemporary bamboo artist, TANABE Chikuunsai IV (b.1973), one of the most well-known young artists active in Osaka, will create a large-scale bamboo installation designed for this venue, utilizing the open space above the entrance hall of the Museum. The exhibition, which takes place in one of the traditional bamboo production areas of Japan, highlights dynamic, sculptural works along with exquisite flower baskets, and explores the new possibilities of this field.


Title Special Exhibition:
“Japanese Bamboo Art from New York: The Abbey Collection, Gifts to The Metropolitan Museum of Art”
DatesSaturday, December 21, 2019~Sunday, April 12, 2020
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Closed dates※The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka is closed from Feb. 29 to Mar. 16 as a measure against the further spreading of the corona virus.

Mondays (open on January 13 and February 24), December 28 – January 4, January 14 and February 25
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm
※Open until 7:00 pm on December 21 and December 22
※Last admission: 30 minutes prior to closing
Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Japan Broadcasting Cooperation Osaka Station
NHK PlanNet, Inc. Kinki Branch Office
The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
Produced with the cooperation of:NHK Promotions Inc. Planning with the cooperation of: Ueki & Associés
With the support of:Japan Airlines Sponsored by: Imura Art Gallery, YUMEKOUBOU ANTIQUE
Admission (to all exhibitions)General admission 1,200 (1,000) yen
University and high school students 700 (600) yen
a. Prices in parenthesis are group discount rates for a party of 20 or more
b. The following visitors are free of charge:
① Holders of special IDs such as Shogaisha techo (Disability Identification Booklet), including one attendant
② Residents of Osaka City aged 65 or older (please show ID)
③ Junior high school students and younger children
Number of items on display75 works
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Permanent Exhibition: Chinese Ceramics, Korean Ceramics, Japanese Ceramics, Chinese Snuff Bottles
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Examples of Objects on Display