│ Seikado Bunko Art Museum's first overseas exhibition in 125 years│
Exclusive to Chimei Museum, around 100 pieces of ceramics and objects from
Seikado Bunko Art Museum’s collection unveiled and presented to the public in Taiwan.
“For Chanoyu and Kaiseki” / “For Banquets” / “For Sencha”/ Interactive Section
Through nearly 100 pieces of fine ceramics and objects used in Japanese Tea Ceremony and Banquets, the exhibition presented the spirit of Omotenashi, the sincerity and respect of others, as well as the Japanese aesthetics in the Japanese culture.
The Japanese word Omotenashi means hospitality; it is a traditional way of treating guests that has been passing down from the ancient Japan, an act in welcoming and hosting guests, especially in the practice of making guests feel the selflessness and sincerity of the host. Gratitude towards the guests is a practice that has become an integral part of the culture and self-cultivation. This exhibition of Omotenashi: Ceramics for Feasting and for Enjoying the Tea Ceremony will present the spirit of Omotenashi, sincerity and respect of others, in the Japanese culture through fine and aesthetic ceramics and objects used in Japanese tea ceremony and banquets.
Chanoyu, Japanese Tea Ceremony, is an art generated from an act of tasting and enjoying a bowl of tea. It is a culture that emphasizes on the interpersonal relationship of hospitality through art. The aesthetic awareness not only is reflected in the objects presented in the tea ceremony, but also extended to the atmosphere of the tea ceremony environment. The first exhibition section, “For Chanoyu and Kaiseki,” will focus on the ceramic objects and the environment practiced in the tea ceremony. The second section, “For Banquet,” will display the sumptuous ceramics of saké utensil and tableware used in rituals, ceremonies, and banquets during the Edo period. The third section will exhibit the unique “For Sencha” utensils which have incorporated Chinese writers and artists’ “Way of Sencha” of the Chinese literati throughout the 17th to the 19th century.
Seikado Bunko Art Museum, founded in 1892 (year 25th of the Meiji period), is famous for its collections of fine antique books and classic East Asian Art. In celebration of the grand opening of Chimei Museum to its new location, Seikado Bunko Art Museum specially selected nearly 100 pieces of Japanese ceramic masterpieces for this exhibition. It is the first time in history to showcase the Seikado Bunko collection through Omotenashi, as well as the first time in history to exhibit the collection on such grand scale worldwide. In 2013, washoku, traditional Japanese dietary culture, was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japanese culture, including its dietary culture, is attracting global interest.
Temporary Exhibition Period
2017.6.30 － 2017.11.12