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The Elegance of Hosokawa

Tradition of a Samurai family

April 3 – June 16, 2019

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation concluded between the two monarchies Japan and Austria-Hungary in 1869, Weltmuseum Wien will feature a new exhibition from the collection of the daimyō family Hosokawa opening in April 2019. The members of this elite clan of samurai warriors had served the shogun since the Muromachi period (1333–1568). The generals of the Hosokawa family not only went into battle for their shoguns but also assisted in the field of administration as military governors. Starting the Edo period (1600–1868), the family was based in the Kumamoto domain.    

Nevertheless, the name Hosokawa stands for much more than accomplishments in battle. It is also the name of famous poets, scholars and artists dedicating their attention to the Nō theatre and the tea ceremony. This tradition is still alive and well today. Hosokawa Morihiro, 18th Head of the Hosokawa clan, held a number of political offices in the upper and lower house of Japan’s National Diet and served as the Prime Minister of Japan from 1993 to 1994. After his retirement from politics at the age of sixty, he switched to the world of arts to practice calligraphy and manufacture tea ceramics using different firing techniques.  

The exhibition in three galleries is dedicated to the three central themes of family heritage: 

  • the showpiece of any samurai: armour, weapons and accessories
  • appreciation of the Nō theatre and the tea ceremony
  • art by the youngest members of the Hosokawa clan

Weltmuseum Wien will put about 85 objects on display: aside from weapons, armour, screens, paintings and drawings, the exhibition will also feature porcelain, ceramics, lacquer work, Nō theatre masks, costumes etc.  

The Eisei Bunko Museum, Tokyo and the Hosokawa Collection are the cooperation partners in this exhibition. 


Information

Weltmuseum Wien
with Imperial Armoury & Collection of Historic Musical Instruments
Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien

Heures d’ouverture
Tous les jours, sauf le mercredi
de 10h à 18h
le vendredi de 10h à 21h

Jours d’ouverture et de fermeture spéciaux

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