The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art collection is one of the largest and most important collections outside Japan, comprising some 7,000 items of which some 4,000 were originally acquired by Felix Tikotin. Among the item are: paintings, prints, drawings, painted screens, textiles, antique illustrated texts, ceramics, miniature carvings (netsuke), lacquer and metal work, antique swords and functional art works, mainly from the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as a collection of modern Japanese art. The collection has increased over time, and other private collections have been donated to the Museums, by Lewis B. Gutman and Daniel and Hilda Lebow of New York, by Abraham Horodisch of Amsterdam and by Shulamith and David Rubinfien of California.
Many items have also been contributed by: Yuji Abe of the Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo; Paul Bloom, Tokyo; Joanna Borensztajn-Tikotin, Amsterdam; Ilana Drukker-Tikotin; Jerusalem; Alice Grilli, Tokyo; Felix Juda, Los Angeles; Heinz M. Kaempfer, The Hague; Frank Koren, Tokyo; Mitsuko Matsumara, Kibbutz Dalia; J. Mayuyama, Tokyo; Bernard and Sue Pucker, Pucder Gallery, Boston; Ryo International Gallery, Tokyo; Harry Shupak, Honolulu.
Most of the collection derives from donations, and we would be happy to receive gifts of artworks, handicrafts and photography, both traditional and contemporary.
Exhibitions at the Museum are composed of a variety of elements of Japanese culture, displaying a broad cross-section of art, both traditional and modern, and emphasizing the aesthetic values unique to Japanese art. According to Japanese custom, a room is sparsely furnished with items selected for specific events and for the season. Hence the exhibitions displayed in the Museum's halls are changed approximately every three months, and subject, style and period are common to all of them. Many exhibitions are accompanied by illustrated catalogues and explanatory texts.