Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Global highlights of Boston museum in Tokyo

THE JAPAN NEWS
By Robert Reed
Detail of Hanabusa Itcho's “The Death of the Historical Buddha” (1713)
TOKYO---The exhibition “Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” now running at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo, has another inherent attraction. Unlike many internationally touring collection-based exhibitions from a single museum, this one has been conceived and compiled specifically for Japan. [One] of the four highlights is located in the Japanese section: the large hanging scroll painting “The Death of the Historical Buddha” (1713) by Hanabusa Itcho, which MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum referred to as one of the masterpieces of Japanese Buddhist art in his address at the press preview before the exhibition’s opening. [More]
“The Death of the Historical Buddha” (1713) by Hanabusa Itcho. Courtesy of the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston