Rosetsu - Fantastic Picture Worlds from Japan

6 September–4 November 2018

Exhibition Overview


Japan's most famous tiger - and with it a whole temple - comes exclusively to Zurich for eight weeks: this monumental tiger and its pendant, a dragon, is said to have been produced by Japanese artist Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) on a single night in 1786 painted the door panels of the Zen temple Muryōji. The impressive murals of the temple and other stunning masterpieces by Rosetsu are now on display outside of Japan for the first time. Rosetsu painted images full of dynamism and humor with virtuoso brushstrokes or bare fingers, but also delicate, elegant compositions with a fine brush and bright color pigments.

(Photo: Courtesy of Museum Rietberg)

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