Special Exhibition “Orchids Blossom – Botanical Art Collections from the University of Tokyo”


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Exhibition Highlights

 One hundred aspects of orchids: A manifold natural history

- This special exhibition brings together a diverse range of illustrations of orchids created from the Meiji period to the present alongside the botanical research undertaken at the University of Tokyo, and various other related items. It features more than one hundred exhibits, including twenty-six botanical illustrations from the Meiji era, almost all of which are presented publicly for the first time.

- Alongside the original botanical illustrations, orchid specimens from the museum’s collections and plates originally published to accompany research provide an accessible introduction to aspects of the orchid research conducted until now at the University of Tokyo.

- Other exhibits include large illustrated reference books about orchids published in Britain and France in the nineteenth century, basins (plant pots) that reflect people’s tastes and how they viewed orchids, photographs and picture postcards. In this way, the exhibition offers a multifaceted look at orchids from natural history to cultural history.

Key Information
Title: Intermediatheque Natural History Series < 8 > Special Exhibition “Orchids Blossom – Botanical Art Collections from the University of Tokyo”
Dates: June 19–September 26, 2021
Opening Hours: 11 am−6 pm (until 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and July 22, August 8–12, September 19). Opening hours may change
Closed: June 21, 27−28 , July 5, 12, 19, August 2 (partially closed for exhibition changeover), August 23, September 6−13, 21. May also close irregularly
Venue: Intermediatheque GREY CUBE (2F)
Organizer: The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)
In cooperation with the Botanical Gardens, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo + Christian Polak + Tomohisa Yukawa (Tsukuba Botanical Garden, National Museum of Nature and Science)
Supported by Ikari Shodoku Co., Ltd.
Admission: Free of charge
Address: KITTE 2–3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Access: Approximately 1 minute from Tokyo Station (Marunouchi South Exit) on the JR and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi lines. Approximately 2 minutes from Nijubashimae Station (Exit 4) on the Chiyoda Line, directly accessible from Tokyo Station on the Marunouchi Line via an underground passage.

Main Exhibits
Bulbophyllum drymoglossum Maxim. ex Okubo
June 10, 1882(?) / Color and pencil on paper / L345 × W250 mm / UMUT

Cymbidium sinense (Andrews) Willd.
Watanabe Kuwatarō? / February 8, 1887 / Color on paper / L331 × W237 mm / UMUT

4 species of Orchidaceae
Takaya Shōtetsu / October 30, 1905 / Color on paper / L334 × W238 mm / UMUT

Epipactis thunbergii A. Gray
Yamada Toshio / July 9, 1914 / Color on paper / L232 × W149 mm / UMUT

Cypripedium yatabeanum Makino
Nakajima Mutsuko / January 12, 1995 / Ink on paper / L365 × W254 mm / UMUT

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