<em>Shunga</em> secrets bared between the covers

Nov 2, 2013

Shunga secrets bared between the covers

by Victoria James

It looks like a classic coffee-table book, a hefty hardback of more than 500 pages and almost as many color illustrations — but be careful who you ask round for coffee if you’re displaying the latest volume from the British Museum. That’s because it’s ...

Major display of  'shunga' erotic art opens in London

Oct 8, 2013

Major display of 'shunga' erotic art opens in London

The “most comprehensive” exhibition of “shunga” (Japanese erotic pictures) ever staged opened at the British Museum in London last week. A total of 170 paintings, prints and book illustrations dating from 1600 to 1900 are being displayed until the beginning of next year. Speaking ...

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

Oct 7, 2013

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

by Victoria James

The British Museum’s press officer, Claire Coveney, comes hurrying up to take me to the galleries of the museum’s latest hot-ticket show, “Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese Art,” and I’m not surprised she looks run off her feet. Pre-opening interest in this new ...