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Theatre of dreams, theatre of play
nō and kyōgen in Japan

Ko-omote mask (detail), Edo period, 17th century, pigment on Japanese cypress wood, National Noh Theatre Collection

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.

An exhibition in two parts

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.

Organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan and the Japan Arts Council (National Noh Theatre)

Supported by
VisAsia Council

14 Jun – 27 Jul 2014
31 Jul – 14 Sep 2014

Charges apply

Lower Asian gallery