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Updated: August 30, 2019

Beautiful Lives Birds and Flowers in Japanese and East Asian Art 美しきいのち 日本・東洋の花鳥表現

Nezu Museum, 6-5-1 Minami Aoyama, Minato City, Tokyo
2019-09-07 - 2019-11-04

An introduction to bird-and-flower painting from China and Japan

Flowers, with their countless colors and shapes, and birds, with their gorgeous feathers, have been objects of appreciation throughout the world from time immemorial. In East Asia, and chiefly in China, bird-and-flower paintings became as important a genre as figure and landscape paintings. The Japanese term shasei, now used to mean sketching from life, was originally used in China, where bird-and-flower painting originated, to refer to the practice of observing the subject and depicting its form, ecology, and vital nature. Bird-and-flower painting, then, takes beautiful flora and fauna as its motif in capturing the brilliant radiance of life itself. This exhibition traces the history and stylistic evolution of bird-and-flower paintings in East Asia, particularly China and Japan, where their motifs sometimes call up images of alien lands or paradises, are garbed in auspicious implications, or are used in craft designs.
*Some pieces will be replaced during the exhibition period.

How to Get There

  • Omote-sando Station | 8 min on foot
    Ginza Line | Chiyoda Line | Hanzomon Line

Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open on the following Mondays: September 16, September 23, October 14 and November 4
    *Closed on the following Tuesdays: September 17, September 24 and October 15




*Discounts available for students and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | WiFi |
  • English |
  • English | Chinese (simplified) | Korean | French |
  • Elevator | Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Facility that conforms with the New Barrier-Free Act | Disabled parking | Automatic doors | Urinal with handrail | Western-style toilet with handrail | Japanese-style toilet with handrail | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | Baby chair/high chair | Ostomate facilities (with dedicated sink) | Wheelchair loan |
    *Strollers are lent to visitors free of charge

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