The Rinpa is a unique school of art that was perpetuated by artists who had an affinity with its style, starting in the early Edo period with Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu being forerunners. Ogata brothers, Kōrin and Kenzan, elevated the school to a higher plane, and Sakai Hōitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu endeavored to revive the tradition toward the end of the eighteenth century. The Rinpa artists encompassed a wide range of art forms from paintings to lacquerware, earthenware and textile, producing many innovative, sophisticated designs. This exhibition showcases masterpieces of these prominent Rinpa artists, notably Hon’ami Kōetsu and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Calligraphy of Poems from the ‘Shin-Kokin Wakashu’ on Paper decorated with Deer), Ogata Kōrin (The Empress Akikonomu) and Sakai Hōitsu (Wisteria, Lotus and Maple). Rediscover the finesse of Rinpa art that is never lost through a passage of time.
The savor of Rinpa artists: Kōetsu, Sōtatsu, Kōrin, Kenzan and Hōitsu
December 14, 2019 to January 21, 2020
MOA Museum of Art
Atami, Shizuoka 413-8511