Japan’s most famous tiger in Zurich

For eight weeks, Japan’s most famous tiger will reside at Museum Rietberg in Zurich and is shown for the first time outside of Japan. The painter Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754–1799) accomplished the monumental paintings of a tiger and a dragon on the walls of the central worship hall in the Zen temple Muryōji in 1786. The exhibition will survey Rosetsu’s art through a selection of sixty of his most important paintings. The works come from various temples and renowned museums in Japan, Germany, and the USA. The highlight of the exhibition will be a magnificent ensemble of 48 screens and hanging scrolls, displayed in a recreated original floorplan of the Zen temple Muryōji. This Zen temple in the southern part of Japan’s main island holds the largest and most important collection of Rosetsu’s paintings, from exquisitely executed scrolls depicting birds and flowers in brilliant polychrome pigments to large-scale sliding doors and folding screens with fantastic landscapes, bizarre figures, and adorable animals.