Theatre of dreams, theatre of playnō and kyōgen in Japan
14 Jun – 27 Jul 2014
31 Jul – 14 Sep 2014
Location: Lower Asian gallery
Featuring 170 works – including masks and costumes as well as paintings, musical instruments and books – from the collection of the National Noh Theatre, Tokyo and the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Japan, this is the first comprehensive exhibition of the rich material culture of nō and kyōgen theatre (nōgaku) to be shown in Australia.
The beauty of the exhibits showcases Japan’s unique aesthetic sensibility and the excellence of its traditional arts and crafts. The splendour of the masks, robes and paintings invites all who see it to appreciate this complex and sumptuous world.
Due to their fragile nature, many works cannot be displayed for the entire period. The exhibition will close for a short period while works are changed over. Tickets will be available to enable visitors to see both parts.
The exhibition has been organised by the Art Gallery of NSW, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan and the Japan Arts Council (National Noh Theatre).
Image: Ko-omote mask (detail), Edo period, 17th century, pigment on Japanese cypress wood, National Noh Theatre Collection