Special/Featured Exhibitions

Special/Featured Exhibitions are held approximately ten times a year in the Main Building of the Tokugawa Art Museum and the Hosa Library exhibition room.

Masterpieces Collection Galleries

In the Masterpieces Collection Galleries, Daimyo Lifestyle and Culture is depicted in six sections falling under six themes. Items on exhibit are changed monthly. The items shown here are mainly selected from current exhibits.

Special Appeal of the Exhibits

Exhibiting Artwork within Its Reproduced Original Environment

The Masterpieces Collection Galleries (Exhibition Rooms 1 to 5) introduce the lifestyle and culture of the Lords of the Owari daimyo family, reproducing portions of the living quarters within Nagoya Castle’s Ninomaru Goten (Second Palace). This permits visitors to better appreciate the collection through the traditional Japanese sense of beauty in composition, or beauty in combination, as the artworks are integrated with the space and surroundings in which they were used.

Graces of a Dynasty

The Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls (designated a National Treasure) are a signature item in the collection of the Museum. However, to preserve these fragile ancient scrolls, the originals can only be displayed for a limited period each year. To meet the expectations of visitors as much as possible, Exhibition Room 6 has been set up with video displays and replica scrolls.

Variety of Exhibits

Various theme-focused exhibits are displayed throughout the year in the Old Main Hall Exhibition Rooms (Exhibition Rooms 7, 8 and 9). The Old Main Hall building is designated as a Tangible Cultural Property, and the atmosphere is quite different from that of the Masterpieces Collection Galleries (Exhibition Rooms 1 to 5). With this classical ambience in the background, the exhibits, based on specific themes, are designed to provide deeper understanding of a daimyo’s lifestyle and culture.