March 21 (Sat.) - June 21 (Sun.), 2015
The first period: March 21 (Sat.) - April 19 (Sun.)
The second period: April 25 (Sat.) -May 17 (Sun.)
The third period: May23 (Sat.) -June 21 (Sun.)
on Mondays and Fridays, during exhibition preparation terms
however, open on national holiday; May 4 (Mon.)
From March 21 to April 14
9:00-16:15 (last admission at 16:00)
From April 15 to June 21
9:00-16:45(last admission at 16:30)
In this exhibition, we will introduce the many art works with birds, not only domestic but also foreign, as their motif, among the works from the 19th century to the present within our museum's collection.
From ancient times, people have regarded birds with admire, some with feathers like beautiful jewels, and others with their vigor images flying freely in the sky, and derived auspicious meanings from these birds, depicting them or creating their forms to be used as ornaments. The crane, which is a symbol of longevity, always appears in auspicious events. The peacock, which is a sacred and noble bird, has been depicted as a main subject of kachoga (paintings of flowers and birds), which is a tradition that has been passed down to the modern era. The chicken, which has been closely related to human life as a domestic fowl, has been expressed in peaceable pictures such as the rooster on a kanko (Chinese remonstrance drum) based on ancient Chinese legends, and also sketched by artists who actually raised and observed chickens to create vibrant and lively art works. We hope our visitors will enjoy the various expressions of these birds, along with familiar small birds and waterfowls, parakeets which are a foreign species, and the ptarmigan which is presently an endangered species.
Welcome to the paradise of birds residing in the world of art.
Incense burner in shape of rooster on a kanko，
(Chinese remonstrance drum) 1900
Hawk on a pine tree 1924
Vase with flower and bird design
in polychrome and gold glazes，
Edo period, 19th c.
Flowers and birds 1889
Wall hangings of flowers and birds of Kaga Province in embroidery 1928
Meissen National Porcelain Factory
Vatican Mosaic Studio
Mosaic of doves and flower basket c.1924