'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

Feb 9, 2016

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

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Feb. 6-March 27 British artist Aubrey Beardsley, a leader of the 19th-century aesthetic movement, was best-known for his bold — and, at times, erotic — black-and-white illustrations. Strongly influenced by art nouveau and Japonisme, it is perhaps unsurprising that Beardsley also inspired many Japanese ...

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

Feb 2, 2016

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

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Feb. 2-March 27 To celebrate the 290th anniversary of Katsukawa Shunsho, the Ukiyo-e Memorial Museum of Art is holding a special exhibition of this leading 18th-century ukiyo-e woodblock-print artist’s work. Katsukawa, who is known in particular for his realistic portrayals of kabuki actors and ...

Smiling between the lines of ukiyo-e

Dec 15, 2015

Smiling between the lines of ukiyo-e

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Some art collectors enjoy the eclectic, picking up art pieces opportunistically — even randomly — usually when they find something at the right price. Others have more streamlined tastes and focus on a theme or genre, building up more consistent collections. The result of ...

There is a lot going on behind the closed doors of shunga

Dec 1, 2015

There is a lot going on behind the closed doors of shunga

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Japan’s first major shunga (literally, “spring pictures”) exhibition of erotic paintings and woodblock prints, is surprisingly hard work. As a venue for a ground-breaking assembly of images, which probably would not have been shown publicly if it were not for a highly successful shunga ...

A photo finish between ukiyo-e and the camera

Nov 10, 2015

A photo finish between ukiyo-e and the camera

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The idea for the smart, complex and challenging exhibition “From Ukiyo-e to Photography” at the Edo-Tokyo Museum started from the discovery of two images. One is a photograph of the Meiji-Era (1867-1912) Minister of Home Affairs Toshimichi Okubo, taken in Paris in 1878. The ...

Behind the scenes of ukiyo-e prints

Sep 8, 2015

Behind the scenes of ukiyo-e prints

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Everyday life in Edo (present-day Tokyo) was befitting of a capital city — an era of beautiful women, graceful kabuki actors, bustling streets and breathtaking sights. The peace and stability imposed by the Edo Period (1603-1868) Tokugawa Shogunate allowed the city to flourish and ...