Japanese Masterpieces from the Collection: Part Two
6 October (Fri) to 28 January (Sun), 2006
This exhibition was a continuation of the previous years' exhibition, Japanese Masterpieces from the Collection.
Over the years Shiseido has built an extensive art collection from the works appearing in the various exhibitions it has sponsored at the Shiseido Gallery as part of its ongoing efforts to support artistic culture. Many of these originated with the Shiseido-sponsored Tsubakikai artists exhibition group, now in its sixth incarnation since its inception in 1947.
This exhibition included twenty-five works by eight members of the third Tsubakikai (1974–90), including Okumura Togyu, Uemura Shoko, Iwahashi Eien and others working in various genres including landscape paintings, flower-and-bird paintings, and portraits. In a separate space on the premises, four lacquer craftsmen, including Taguchi Yoshikuni, all considered “national living treasures,” also exhibited their work. With this combination of Japanese painting and lacquer work, this exhibition offered an excellent opportunity to touch the aesthetic consciousness that the Japanese people have cultivated since antiquity.