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Utamaro! Jakuchu! “All-Stars of the Okada Collection” Brings Together Legendary Masterpieces and Important Cultural Properties

2018.11.21


Utamaro Kitagawa, Fukagawa in the Snow (detail). Edo period, ca. 1802–1806). Okada Museum of Art collection. On display until December 28

The Okada Museum of Art opened in 2013 in Kowakudani, Hakone, and quickly gained attention with its dazzling selection of paintings, ceramics, and other artworks from around East Asia.

This autumn, the museum is holding a special fifth anniversary exhibition featuring only the most famous works from its collection. Entitled “All-Stars of the Okada Collection: Masterworks of Korin, Jakuchu, Hokusai, and the Ru Ware Kilns,” the exhibition began on September 30 and will run until March 30, 2019.

The Okada Museum of Art was built on the spacious former grounds of the Kaikatei Hotel, which catered to European visitors in the Meiji period (1868–1912), and hosts a wide-ranging collection of art from Japan, China, and Korea. As well as ukiyo-e and folding screen paintings (byobu-e), ancient dogu figurines, ceramics, glass, and Buddhist art, the museum is also home to key works from the history of Japanese aesthetics, including Korin Ogata’s Ducks and Snow-Covered Pine Trees and Kanzan Ogata’s Bowl with Tatsutagawa Autumn Foliage and Stream Design in Openwork (an Important Cultural Property). The latter in particular are said to have inspired the founding of the museum itself.


Jakuchu Ito, Peacock and Phoenix (detail). Edo period, ca. 1755. Okada Museum of Art collection. On display from December 29 to March 30

This exhibition is a valuable chance to see the Okada Museum of Art’s entire all-star lineup in one visit. In fact, it will the first time that Jakuchu Ito’s Peacock and Phoenix (rediscovered in 2016 after 83 years) and Utamaro Kitagawa’s Fukagawa in the Snow (rediscovered in 2012 after 60 years) have ever been exhibited together.


Kanzan Ogata, Bowl with Tatsutagawa Autumn Foliage and Stream Design in Openwork (Important Cultural Property). Edo period. Okada Museum of Art collection

Other works on display include paintings and prints by Hokusai Katsushika, Taikan Yokoyama, and Kokei Kobayashi; Chinese ceramics like celadon and Ru ware; and Japanese porcelain, stoneware, and glass from the Edo period (1603–1868), including Old Imari, Old Kutani, and Nabeshima ware. In all, 450 pieces are to go on display, including Important Cultural Properties.

This makes the exhibition a sort of “best of” for Japanese and Asian art, from Chinese bronzes dating back thousands of years to early modern painting. Whether you’re an enthusiast in search of “deep cuts” or a newcomer to the field searching for masterpieces to admire, the Okada Museum of Art’s “all-stars” are sure to captivate you.

 

◆ Fifth Anniversary Exhibition — All-Stars of the Okada Collection: Masterworks of Korin, Jakuchu, Hokusai, and the Ru Ware Kilns
Dates: September 30, 2018 to March 30, 2019 (closed December 31 and January 1)
Venue: Okada Museum of Art
    493-1 Kowakudani, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (entry by 4:30 p.m.)
Admission fee: Adults and university students: 2,800 JPY. Elementary to high school students: 1,800 JPY
Website: http://www.okada-museum.com/exhibition/