New Permanent Exhibition
of Japanese Art in the State Hermitage Museum
30 June 2009, a permanent exhibition Culture and Art of Japan (Rooms N 358, 375, 376) was opened in the Hermitage after one quarter of a century break.
The new exhibition surpasses the previous one in area and embraced range of problems and is supplemented with the most interesting exhibits that have been purchased during the last twenty five years as well as with a number of monuments that were kept in the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin till 1945.
By virtue of certain circumstances the work on new exhibition
that will occupy four rooms in its full scale is divided into two
stages. The opening part of the exhibition covers the period
from the end of the 13th century till the middle
of the 19th century; the second part includes the period
from 1868 till the end of 1920s. Its opening is planned
The present exhibition presents 450 monuments (most of them are exhibited
for the first time) overwhelming majority of which date back to the epoch
Such original and the most complicated phenomenon of Japanese culture as theatre has been marked out into independent topic for the first time. Various masks, costumes, stand for scroll are among the exhibits.
Full armour, sabres and swords, various awards, staff weapons, bows with arrows are exhibited for the first time providing possibility to speak seriously of samurai, unique social and cultural phenomenon of Japanese culture and also of gunsmith art that is closely connected to it.
Also, for the first time one more peculiar phenomenon of Japanese art
- tea ceremony - is presented on the basis of the material of the Hermitage
collection. The objects designated for it are presented in a separate
The department that introduces various spheres of applied art was expanded
significantly. Great attention is paid to netsuke. The Hermitage collection
of that miniature sculpture reflects special features of all the main
schools and includes works of the biggest engravers of the
Multimedia kiosk with programmes that tell about culture and art of Japan and the most interesting exhibits presented at the exhibition is installed there.