Special Exhibition

Special Exhibition

A Long View: Masterworks of Painting from the Fujita Museum

This exhibition is a sequel to that held in the spring of 2019, “Masterpieces from the Fujita Museum: A Brilliant Universe Reflected in a National Treasure Yōhen Tenmoku Tea Bowl and Buddhist Art.” It gathers together masterworks from the Fujita collection in a single venue spanning the Heian period (794–1185) to the modern era, in addition to important paintings from China that had a profound influence on Japanese art. The collection of paintings at the Fujita Museum began with acquisitions made by Fujita Denzaburō (1841–1912), and its breadth offers insights into the entire history of Japanese painting. Following their recent study by curators at the Fujita Museum and the Nara National Museum, works that have never before been displayed are featured. These as yet unknown paintings join some of the more famous paintings of the collection, showcasing the “palace of painting” that the Fujita collection represents. The exhibition furthermore sheds light on the collection’s establishment, and in turn an important chapter of Meiji-era history.

This show gathers together magnificent paintings from the Fujita Museum’s collection in anticipation of the museum’s reopening in April 2022.

“Great Lion” by Takeuchi Seihō
(Fujita Museum, Osaka)


Friday, December 10th, 2021 (Reiwa 3) – Sunday, January 23th, 2022 (Reiwa 4)
Nara National Museum

The museum is closed on Mondays; during the New Year’s Holidays from December 27th to January 1st; and on Tuesday, January 11th. However, the museum will be open on Monday, January 3rd and on Monday, January 10th.

Museum Hours

9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Last entry is thirty minutes before closing.


The West Wing, Nara National Museum


General 1,200 yen
High School and University1,000 yen
  • There are no advance ticket sales.
  • Admission for students qualifying as Campus Members is 400 yen.
  • Those with a disability certificate or a Mirairo ID and one caregiver may enjoy free admission.
  • Nara Premium Card members are admitted free of charge on their first and second visits.
  • Entrance to the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall and the Chinese Ancient Ritual Bronzes Gallery is included with admission.


Nara National Museum, The Asahi Shimbun Company, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) Nara Station, NHK Enterprises, INC. Kinki

Special Cooperation:

Fujita Museum of Art

With the Support of:

LIVE Art Books Inc.

With the Cooperation of:

Osaka Metro, Nippon Kodo Co., Bukkyō Bijutsu Kyōkai (Buddhist Art Foundation)

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