Subject: Art Museums (48)
Chine, l'Empire du trait = China, empire of the brush strokeDescription:
This website is the online part of the 2004 exhibition at the French National Library on Chinese calligraphy. It comprises texts and illustrations from the printed catalog with a number of additional material, i.e. video sequences on the Dunhuang manuscripts and a multipart interview with Fan Zheng. The excellent objects of the Oriental Manuscripts department, where also the Pelliot collection belongs to, form the core of the impressive show. Quite unfortunately, the English pages only cover the very short captions of the "en images" part (access: http://expositions.bnf.fr/chine/expo_us
); all other information is French only. As navigating the complex site may lead to some confusion, the sitemap - hidden at the lower left corner of some pages - can be very helpful.http://expositions.bnf.fr/chine/ more Language: eng English, fre French
故宮博物院 = The Palace MuseumDescription:
A very resourceful site, including dictionary entries for famous artists, names and institutions; some background information on displayed artefacts; and sometimes even related articles from Chinese journals (some in fulltext, some in citation only). However, the WWW "hightech" used on this site very often is more a show-off than a real help in accessing the material.http://www.dpm.org.cn/ more Language: chi Chinese, eng English, jpn Japanese
Shanghai Museum = 上海博物馆Description:
The Shanghai Museum possesses a rich and high-quality collection of 120,000 works of ancient Chinese art including bronze, ceramics, paintings, seals, Jade, calligraphy and furniture. The present Shanghai Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. The online expedition resents a few, selected pieces of this collection with short information.http://www.shanghaimuseum.net/cn/sjys.asp more Language: chi Chinese, eng English
Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum = Ferenc Hopp Museum of Eastern Asiatic ArtsCitation:
The Museum was founded in 1919 by the company owner, world traveller, collector and patron of art Ferenc Hopp (b. 1833, d.
1919), who bequeathed his Oriental collection of approximately 4,000 items to the state, for the purposes of establishing a museum of Oriental arts. The collection was eventually housed and exhibited in Hopp's villa in Andrassy Street [in Budapest]. Since 1923 the villa has been operating as a museum; at the time of its foundation it was and it still remains the sole museum of Oriental arts in Hungary.http://www.hoppmuzeum.hu/ more Language: eng English, hun Hungarian
The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture Citation:
In 1995, The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, was founded by Elizabeth and Willard Clark as a nonprofit charitable organization to "collect, conserve, study, and exhibit" the paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts of Japan. Nearly one hundred and sixty hanging scrolls, thirty pairs or single screens, ten works of sculpture mainly from the Kamakura period (1185-1333), and a number of pieces of decorative art primarily from the Meiji period (1868-1912) are housed at the Center.http://www.shermanleeinstitute.org/ more Language: eng English
中国艺术博物馆 = China Art MuseumDescription:
The homepage of the China Art Museum shows in three parts a selection of its large and famous collection: Chinese fine art, calligraphy and folk art from different historical periods. The collection of fine art is divided into 26 parts, such as paintings of birds and flowers, religious paintings, furnitures and so on. The calligraphy collection is presented with 8 group of objects according to the different art forms, e. g. caoshu, xingshu, kaishu. Finally a selection of paper-cut, New Year paintings and clothes shows some highlights of the folk art collection.http://picture.idoican.com.cn/ more Language: chi Chinese
Homepage of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts. Information on the museum, opening hours, entrance fee; online shop; restaurant; about the overnight stay possibilites; about the museum association and its membership; access; young portfolio acquisitions; about actual and former exhibitions.http://www.kmopa.com/ more Language: eng English, jpn Japanese
徳川美術館 = The Tokugawa Art MuseumCitation:
The Tokugawa Art Museum was established under the non-profit The Tokugawa Reimeikai Foundation in 1935. The Museum ranks as the third oldest privately-endowed museum in Japan.
Surviving from air-bombing during World War II and the disruptions of the immediate post-war period, the Museum celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1985. To commemorate this milestone, long- planned for and extensive renovations began. After two years of construction work, with many months closed to the public, the new galleries and visitors' spaces, along with renovations of the old main-exhibition building and administration and research facilities were completed in Autumn 1987.
Details of the renovations and new buildings follow below. To consider for a moment the collection itself, the Museum preserves the extensive holdings of the Owari branch of the Tokugawa family. The Owari's, based at their castle seat here in Nagoya, maintained the closest family and political ties to the ruling shoguns throughout the Edo period (1603-1868). No other feudal lords, or daimyo, surpassed the Owari holdings and their concern for the history of the clan. The family legacy encompasses art and a vast array of heirloom objects and furnishings intended for the lord and his household.
At the core of the collection are objects inherited from the first shogun, Ieyasu. The Owari, like other great daimyo, also treasured the art from earlier generations. Thus the Museum has come to own most of the extant sections of the twelfth century Illustrated Tale of Genji.
Some idea of the quality of the collection can be gleaned from the fact that besides this early masterpiece the collection includes nine other designated National Treasures, fifty-seven registered Important Cultural Properties, and forty-six Important Art Objects.
The Museum is noted further for the overall fine condition of its pieces. Moreover most objects have been handed down accompanied by meticulous family documents, catalogues and other records.
These establish clear provenance and the historical background of patronage and use for the works of art. The Museum is uniquely fortunate to hold such an intact and well documented collection. It is a trove not only of beautiful things but a wealth of historic information.
Museum visitors and staff also enjoy the convenient proximity of the Hosa Bunko in the western corner of AOI Park. This library preserves invaluable written materials handed down from the Edo period in the Owari Tokugawa family. It moved to the site in 1950 when Nagoya City took over the administration from the Tokugawa Reimeikai foundation. The Hosa Bunko houses a collection that starts with the more than 3,000 volumes from the first shogun, Ieyasu's, private library, known as Suruga Oyuzuribon, and includes, besides old Japanese books, works in Chinese and Dutch (thank to the limited contacts with Holland permitted under the Edo policy of seclusion), and old maps.http://www.tokugawa-art-museum.jp/index.html more Language: chi Chinese, eng English, jpn Japanese, kor Korean
日本浮世絵博物館 = The Japan Ukiyo-e MuseumCitation:
The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, based on the Sakai collection, was established as a comprehensive ukiyo-e museum in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture in Spring 1982.
The Sakai collection extends back for five generations from Matsumoto his home town: it is internationally known for the collection of more than a hundred thousand ukiyo-e prints, paintings, screens, old books and modern contemporary prints. The exhibitions of the Sakai collection have been held in the Middle East, in the United States, Europe, China and South America and have been received with enthusiasm and admiration by people worldwide, not mention experts and scholars.
The reputation of the Sakai collection is not only established as the largest single collection but as being in excellent condition for fine art, and it includes several dozen extremely rare works that would have been lost had it not been for the efforts of the Sakai collection. It is because Yoshiaki Sakai, the sixth generation of the Sakai family, was the second richest businessman in Matsumoto during the Kansei period (1790s) and established twelve big warehouses behind the store, but was especially an art patron. Therefore many guest of ukiyo-e artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige and literary men and calligraphers from all over Japan had come to visit the Sakai family in Matsumoto. Having such a connection, the Sakai family began collecting ukiyo-e prints and fine art.
Yoshitaka Rihei Sakai (seventh generation) and Touhyoue Sakai (eighth generation) continued to collect them. Yoshitaka was given the library "Koukodou" (connoisseur of things ancient) by Shouzan Sakuma, a progressive Confucian scholar. Yoshitaka's portrait was drawn in Hyaku-nin Isshu Shosei Shou (The Sound of Bells: Hundred poems by hundred poets) by Hiroshige.
Touyoue Sakai (eighth generation) established Sakai Koukodou in I 870 at Kanda Awajicho in Tokyo and through his interest and critical judgment he brought up many students and scholars of ukiyo-e. Shoukichi Sakai (ninth generation) founded "Ukiyo-e" an academic periodical on ukiyo-e (fifty-five number), and scientifically studied ukiyo-e for the first time. During the tenth generation Toukichi and his brothers Teisuke and Senzaburou of the Sakai family, the collection rose to over one hundred thousand prints, still obtaining many others from private collections.
The Sakai collection, which has been systematically selected from all kinds of ukiyo-e by the experts like the Sakai family and scholars, includes representative masterpieces from the early masters to the modern days. It is a "living collection", still buying good ukiyo-e prints and paintings back from all over the world.
The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum is now aiming to collect, examine and exhibit ukiyo-e as being a major part of our international and cultural heritage. When you come to MatsumotoÑ "sightseeing city of the Japan Alps" of Nagano prefecture, please come and see JUM (The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum) and appreciate ukiyo-e Ñ it is truly a cultural image of how life was in old Japan.http://www.ukiyo-e.co.jp/jum-j/index.html more Language: eng English, jpn Japanese