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Soul and Beauty of Japan

Soul and Beauty of Japan: Masterpieces from the Tokyo National Museum: The Great Collections
BONN  •  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland  •  Ongoing
The artistic identity of Japan was formed essentially during the Muromachi and Momoyama periods, from the 15th to the early 17th centuries. From the highly cultivated lifestyle of the shoguns and the samurai / bushi, the noblemen and the warlords, a unique aesthetics emerges. It manifests itself in architecture, painting, and sculpture, but also in weapons, ceramics and the "way of tea" and the Noh-theatre with their manifold accessories. The exhibition visualizes the complexity of this golden age of Japanese art with important objects from the collection of the Tokyo National Museum and with reconstructions of traditional tea-rooms and a shoin study room. The tensions between a concept of indirect, discreet beauty – yugen – and magnificent splendour – kenran – between rural and urban life, between the intimacy of a tea ceremony and the public splendour of a noble residence permit intriguing new insights into the great tradition of the art of Japan.

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