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Saturday, December 16, 2017 ~ Sunday, March 25, 2018 Adults 1,200 (1,000) yen, university and high school students 700 (600) yen

Special Exhibition: Tang Dynasty Tomb Figures of Hu People – Portraying the Multicultural Vigor on the Silk Road –

Outline

This exhibition introduces the charm of the Hu ren yong or tomb figures of Hu people of the Tang dynasty by showing approximately 60 works from the collection of Qingcheng County Museum in Gansu Province, China.
Yong of Hu people were excavated from the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) tomb of Mu Tai (730 AD), which was discovered in Qingcheng County, Gansu Province in 2001. This exhibition will be the first occasion to show these figures to the Japanese public. Hu ren yong are ceramic funerary figures of Hu ren (a term used in China referring to non-Han people, such as the Sogdians) who have “exotic” appearances, one of the symbols of the Silk Road culture of the Tang dynasty. The group of yong figures excavated from the Mu Tai tomb is one of the leading excellent works for their remarkably innovative beauty, particularly the vivid colors and extremely realistic modeling.
By viewing these superbly made Tang dynasty yong figures, we hope the visitors can feel the vibrancy of the Hu people striding along the Silk Road in those times.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a collaborative exhibition with The National Museum of Art, Osaka: “Modern Representations of Human Figures”, showing approximately 10 modern human sculptures from their collection, as well as the Featured Exhibition: “The Charm of Chinese Ceramic Yong Figures”.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 ~ Sunday, March 25, 2018 Visitors are admitted to all exhibitions in the museum with a ‘Special Exhibition’ admission ticket.

Modern Representations of Human Figures - From the Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Outline

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka will be exhibiting 9 works of human sculptures produced by contemporary artists, which have been selected from the collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka. The show will run concurrently with the exhibition on ancient yong figures. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, this would be the first collaboration between the two museums, both of which have been playing a leading role in the art and cultural activities in the Nakanoshima region. Works of human figures from the ancient times were produced under circumstances completely different from those made in modern times, having a great time gap of over a thousand years as well as a huge special distance. Nevertheless they both vividly represent the people of their respective times in their own way. Visitors can enjoy this rare encounter of contemporary creativity and the ancient beauty of creation in a museum environment.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 ~ Sunday, March 25, 2018 Visitors are admitted to all exhibitions in the museum with a 'Special Exhibition’ admission ticket

Featured Exhibition “The Charm of Chinese Ceramic Yong Figures”

Outline

Yong are model human figures in China made as burial goods to be placed in tombs. They are mostly ceramic figures, a leading example being the famous Terracotta Army made for the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. Actually, various types and forms of yong were made throughout the history in many regions, conveying a vivid idea of the lives of the people of the time they were made. This exhibition introduces the variegated charms of the Chinese yong figures by showing approximately 20 works from the museum collection, including the Ataka Collection and Umino Nobuyoshi Collection.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 ~ Sunday, March 25, 2018 Admission ticket for the special exhibition grants entry to all exhibitions in the museum

Permanent Exhibition“Chinese Ceramics and Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection” etc.

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Chinese Ceramics and Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection
Korean Ceramics of the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection
Japanese Ceramics