Summer Special Exhibition I

June 8 - July 15

Discovering Nagata Yūji: Unsung Makie Master

This exhibition is the first one of its kind to explore the enigmatic makie artist Nagata Yūji, who created lacquer ware using the technique of makie, or sprinkled metal decorations, in the style of the Rimpa school in Kyoto and Osaka during the Shōtoku to Kyōhō era (1711–1736), in the middle of the Edo period. Though the details of his life are not clear, his innovative works, which stylistically emulated the designs of Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), and creatively incorporated a distinctive greenish-blue lacquer and raised designs with tin power, nevertheless stand out in the history of Japanese lacquer. Nagata also often used Kōrin’s round “Masatoki” seal and assumed the sobriquet “Seiseishi” by adding the character shi (child) to Kōrin’s sobriquet “Seisei,” attesting to his strong consciousness in taking after the style of the celebrated artist.

With new findings and scientific analysis, this exhibition showcases the works of Nagata Yūji I and explores his aspirations as well as the allure and secrets of these objects. This exhibit is the first of its kind to feature this enigmatic artist and later generations of his lineage.

Information

Exhibition Term
June 8, 2019 - July 15, 2019
Open Hours
10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry: 4:00 pm)
Closed Days
Monday
Admission Fees
1,100 yen
Venue
North Wing

※Objects are subject to change during exhibition period.

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Exhibition Catalogue "Discovering Nagata Yūji: Unsung Makie Master"

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Exhibition Highlights

Sweets Box with Deer and Yew Pine Design
Edo period 18th century

Sweets Dishes with Iris Design
Edo period 18th century

Stationery Box with Deer and Yew Pine Design andInkstone Box with Deer and Yew Pine Design
Edo period 18th century (Kyoto National Museum)

Sake Cup Stand with Tsubo-tsubo Motif Design
Edo period 18th century

Stationery Board with Butterfly Design
Edo period 18th century

Sake Cup with “Wisteria Maiden” Design
Edo period 18th century

Set of Three Sake Cups with Barge-Puller, Sandbar, and Bridge Designs
Edo period 18th century

Sake Cup with “Treasure Ship” Design
Edo period 18th century

Exhibition Galleries

Entrance Information Mystery Makie Artist The “Yūji” Brand Yūji’s Alloy Alchemy The Rinpa Movement  The “Seiseishi” Oeuvre  Yūji’s Descendants: Nagata Shūsui Books The “Seiseishi” Oeuvre Miho Collection Special DisplayThe Townspeople’s Culture of Kyoto
South Wing
North Wing

Summer Special Exhibition I

Discovering Nagata Yūji: Unsung Makie Master

Exhibits

North Wing

Summer Special Exhibition I

Discovering Nagata Yūji: Unsung Makie Master

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Mystery Makie Artist
The “Yūji” Brand
Yūji’s Alloy Alchemy
The Rinpa Movement
The “Seiseishi” Oeuvre

Yūji’s Descendants: Nagata Shūsui
Miho Collection Special Display The Townspeople’s Culture of Kyoto