Trésors de Kyoto, the exhibition at Paris Musée Cernuschi

From October 26, 2018 to January 27, 2019, Paris Musée Cernuschi offers an exhibition around of the major school of Japanese painting, Trésors de Kyoto, trois siècles de creation Rinpa [Treasures of Kyoto, three centuries of Rinpa creation]. A retrospective displayed as part of the Japonismes 2018: les âmes en résonances [Japonisms 2018: souls in resonance] season.

Japanese painting is given pride of place… From October 26, 2018 to January 27, 2019, Paris Musée Cernuschi devotes an exhibition around Rinpa school works, one of the main historic school of Japanese decorative painting. Titled Trésors de Kyoto, trois siècles de création Rinpa [Treasures of Kyoto, three centuries of Rinpa creation], this retrospective offers to dive into the heart of an uncommon art production that appeared in the early 17th century and still continuing today, that became an entire art movement.

A unique art movement in the history of art in Japan standing out against other schools “where style is passed down directly, from master to student” since artists of this movement gathered and still do “according to spiritual and aesthetical affinities”. A style defined by clean lines “highlighted by bold colors and compositions easily readable”. Works inspired by nature, literature and even classic drama.

Trésors de Kyoto, l'exposition au musée Cernuschi

All in all, over sixty works (paintings, engravings, ceramic, wooden or lacquered objects décor…) are displayed along a chronological path in 4 parts, following the different generations of artists from the Rinpa movement. As soon as visitors arrive, the scenography of the first rooms show works made with gold leaves, translating the magnificence of these works. The goal? Allowing visitors to understand Rinpa artists’ techniques including works aiming at “putting beauty in daily life”.

Because of the fragility of some works, their display is “evolutive” and “integrates four major rotations” during the time of this retrospective. The exhibition will even close for a few days, from December 10 to 14, 2018 to process to the main rotation.

(Credits: “National Treasure” listed work in Japan)

Laurent P.
Last updated on 11 July 2018

Practical information

Opening Time
From 26 October 2018 to 27 January 2019



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    75008 Paris 8

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