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Wild Wonders: The Animal Kingdom in the Imperial Collections

July 9,2024 ~ September 1,2024
The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan

The Museum is pleased to present Wild Wonders: The Animal Kingdom in the Imperial Collections, an exhibition exploring diverse portrayals of wildlife in an eclectic range of genres.

Creatures of all shapes and sizes permeate our world, inspiring artists with their behaviors and habitats—fish darting through water, insects hiding in undergrowth, and small mammals scurrying through fields and mountains. Figurines and everyday objects are often fashioned into such furred and feathered subjects to delight and amuse the viewer, with smaller creatures being a particular favorite.

Wild Wonders is a celebration of animal-themed objects preserved by the Imperial Household, including paintings, calligraphy, and decorative arts. In addition to Japanese art, the exhibition features pieces from around the world that have been gifted to members of the Imperial Family in the course of their duties. These powerful and endearing works offer a colorful reminder of the universal value and majesty of life.

Outline

Exhibition Dates
Tuesday, July 9–Sunday, September 1, 2024  
First Rotation: July 9–August 4
Second Rotation: August 6–September 1
Hours
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  
(Last admission 4:30 p.m.)
*On July 9, the Museum opens at 1:00 p.m.

On Fridays and Saturdays, the Museum opens until 8:00 p.m. (last admission 7:30 p.m.), except for Fridays July 26 and August 30.
Closed
Mondays, July 16 and August 13  
(When a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum remains open and closes that Tuesday.)
 
Subject to change.  
Exceptionally open on Mondays: July 15 and August 12
Venue
The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan  
1-8 Chiyoda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0001 (within the Imperial Palace East Gardens)
General Admission
Adults: 1,000   
students: 500

*Free admission for high school students, visitors under 18, and visitors aged 70 years or more. Please show valid ID or other documentation.
*All visitors including those eligible for free admission or other discounts are kindly requested to make a reservation. However, visitors with disabilities (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free without a booking.
Online tickets sales now available.
Number of objects in the exhibition
52 works (All housed in The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan.)
Organizer
The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan
ホームページ
https://pr-shozokan.nich.go.jp/2024wildwonders/index_en.html/

Major works in this Exhibition

Dance of the Seven Virtues” from Collection of Writings by Bai Juyi. Attributed to Minamoto no Toshifusa. Heian period, 12th century.

“Dance of the Seven Virtues” from Collection of Writings by Bai Juyi

Attributed to Minamoto no Toshifusa

Heian period, 12th century.

(Different sections on view over two rotations.)

Cat and Cotton Plants. By Nagasawa Rosetsu. Edo period, 18th century.

Cat and Cotton Plants

By Nagasawa Rosetsu

Edo period, 18th century.

(On view: July 9–August 4)

Plants and Insects (detail). By Shen Quan. Qing dynasty (China), 18th century.

Plants and Insects (detail)

By Shen Quan

Qing dynasty (China), 18th century.

(Different sections on view over two rotations.)

"Pond and Insects" from Colorful Realm of Living Beings (National Treasure)

By Ito Jakuchu

Edo period, 18th century.

(On view: August 6–September 1)

Puppy and Feather Brush. Late Meiji–Taisho era, 20th century.

Puppy and Feather Brush

Late Meiji–Taisho era, 20th century.

(On view throughout the exhibition.)

Chrysanthemums and Doves (detail). By Iida Shinshichi IV. Meiji era, 1911.

Chrysanthemums and Doves (detail)

By Iida Shinshichi IV

Meiji era, 1911.

(On view: July 9–August 4)

Cloisonne Vase with Sunflowers and Mantis. By Ando Cloisonne Co., Ltd. Late Meiji era, 20th century. (On view throughout the exhibition.)

Cloisonne Vase with Sunflowers and Mantis

By Ando Cloisonne Co., Ltd.

Late Meiji era, 20th century.

(On view throughout the exhibition.)

Carp. By Kawamoto Eijiro. Taisho era, 1913.

Carp

By Kawamoto Eijiro

Taisho era, 1913.

(On view throughout the exhibition.)

Weasel. Meiji era, 19th century.

Weasel

Meiji era, 19th century.

(On view throughout the exhibition.)

Inkstand with a Chick and Snail. France, early 20th century.

Inkstand with a Chick and Snail

France, early 20th century.

(On view throughout the exhibition.)