Treasures of the Mitsubishi Collection: The Mitsubishi 150th Anniversary ExhibitionArt and Cultural Treasures
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, and the Oriental Library are set to host an exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Mitsubishi's founding and the 10th anniversary of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. For generations, Mitsubishi's founding Iwasaki family has held a deep interest in cultural properties, especially the company's second, third, and fourth presidents Iwasaki Yanosuke (1851–1908), Iwasaki Hisaya (1865–1955), and Iwasaki Koyata (1879–1945). Today, their collections are housed at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum and the Oriental Library. Their passion for collecting art went far beyond the typical hobby of wealthy merchants—they aimed to protect cultural properties and prevent them being lost to Japan through export to collections overseas. This exhibition traces the history of the Mitsubishi business and philanthropic activities from founder and first president Iwasaki Yataro to fourth president Iwasaki Koyata. The exhibition features over 100 precious works of art from the collections of the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, the Oriental Library, and Mitsubishi Economic Research Institute, spanning everything from Buddhist art to calligraphy, paintings, artistic handicrafts, and classical documents, including numerous national treasures and important cultural properties. The exhibition is also an invaluable opportunity to see the collections held at the Seikado Bunko Art Museum and the Oriental Library brought together under one roof for the first time.