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Special Exhibition

The Buddhist Master Sculptor Kaikei:
Timeless Beauty from the Kamakura Period

   Kaikei is one of Japan’s most representative Buddhist sculptors. Along with his colleague Unkei, he is said to have played a major role in perfecting the Kamakura-era style of Buddhist sculpture. The number of confirmed works by Kaikei is remarkably large, and they are indispensable in gaining a concrete understanding of trends in early-Kamakura sculpture. Nevertheless, many of the details of Kaikei’s personal background and his atelier remain unclear.
   This exhibition is an attempt to assemble the representative works of Kaikei under a single roof in order to trace his outstanding achievements as preserved within the history of Japanese Buddhist art. In addition, by displaying paintings that have an intimate connection with the creation of Kaikei’s sculpture as well as source materials that demonstrate his relationship with high-ranking Buddhist prelates, we hope to approach the real Kaikei, whose portrait has long remained veiled in a series of mysteries.

Standing Shaka Nyorai

Standing Shaka Nyorai
(Skt. Śākyamuni)
Kimbell Art Museum,
Fort Worth, Texas


April 8 (Sat.)-June 4 (Sun.), 2017


New Wings of the Nara National Museum


Mondays (with the exception of May 1)

Open hours

9:30 AM-5:00 PM
* (Last admission 4:30 PM)

Special extended hours

On Fridays and Saturdays
open until 7:00 PM (last admission 6:30 PM)


Individual Advance Ticket / Group Pair Ticket
(advanced purchase only)
General Admission ¥1,500 ¥1,300 ¥2,400
College/ High School Students ¥1,000 ¥800
Junior High/ Elementary School Students ¥500 ¥300
Campus members ¥400

* A group must consist of at least 20 people led by a group leader.
* A pair ticket may be used by a party of two, or by one person on two occasions.
* Free of charge for persons with disability and the person’s caretaker (upon presenting certificate).
* The entrance fee covers the main exhibition plus the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall and the Ritual Bronzes Gallery.
* Advance tickets will be on sale from February 8 (Wed.) through April 7 (Fri.). Same-day tickets will be available from April 8 (Sat.) through June 4 (Sun.). Tickets are on sale at the following locations. Ticket counter of Nara National Museum, Kintetsu Travel Information Desk, Kinki Nippon Tourist, JR TOKAI TOURS, JTB, NIPPON TRAVEL AGRNCY, Lawson Ticket [L-Code 51325], Seven-Eleven Ticket (http://7tickets.jp), Ticket PIA [P-code 768-078], E-Plus (http://eplus.jp). Tickets purchased from certain agencies have an additional fee.

Works on display

88 works
* National Treasure : 7 works
* Important Cultural Property : 50 works
>See some works (Japanese page)


*Japanese page (here)

Audio Guide

You can listen to the audio guide for the Kaikei Exhibition for 520 yen.
The audio guide is available in Japanese, English, Mandarin and Korean.
Special Kaikei Exhibition Discount!
Listen to the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall audio guide for only 300 yen (original price: 500 yen).
The discount is available on the audio guide in English, Mandarin and Korean.


Nara National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation

Additional Supporters

Agency for Cultural Affairs, NHK Nara Broadcasting Station, Nara Television Co., Ltd.

Corporate Sponsors

Iwatani Corporation, Shimizu Corporation, Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Non-Destructive Inspection Co., Ltd.

In Cooperation with

Tendo Co., Ltd., Japan Airlines, Nippon Kodo Co., Ltd., Bukkyō Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation)


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