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  • From the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Bunkamura THE MUSEUM
    19 March – 5 June 2016


    Boston Museum of Fine Arts boasts one of the world’s best collection of Japanese art in terms of scale and quality. From the collection, the exhibition showcases selected masterpieces of Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1797-1861) and Kunisada Utagawa (1786-1864), two most popular ukiyo-e artists of the Edo Period. It offers a superb opportunity to meet their elaborate prints in vivid colours and, through them, to have a glimpse of life and pop culture of Edo, the then capital of the Tokugawa shogunate.

    Kuniyoshi and Kunisada trained themselves under the same ukiyo-e master, Toyokuni Utagawa, who predominated in the world of ukiyo-e depicting Kabuki actors. Yet the two disciples’ styles are very contrasting:

    Kuniyoshi gained his fame and popularity through ukiyo-e in bold composition, representing heroes and warriors of history and stories. He also depicted men sporting stylish attires, making dramatic poses. Kuniyoshi rendered innovative ideas and designs into ukiyo-e, which continues to inspire a number of artists today.

    Bunkamura The Museum “Kuniyoshi & Kunisada” (article by amuzen)
    Bunkamura The Museum “Kuniyoshi & Kunisada” (article by amuzen)Bunkamura The Museum “Kuniyoshi & Kunisada” (article by amuzen)

    Kunisada acquired his fame by ukiyo-e depicting the beauties of Edo. These females appear in fashionable dresses, stylish hairdos and makeups of the time. The artist was also renowned for his works of kabuki actors, capturing their characteristics and facial expressions brilliantly. Calling himself Toyokuni II, Kunisada had a number of students and produced a large number of prints efficiently at his workshop.

    Bunkamura The Museum “Kuniyoshi & Kunisada” (article by amuzen)
    Bunkamura The Museum “Kuniyoshi & Kunisada” (article by amuzen)

    Bunkamura The Museum "Kuniyoshi Kunisada" (article by amuzen)

    「御誂三段ぼかし 浮世伊之助」三代目岩井粂三郎、「葉歌乃新」初代河原崎権十郎、「野晒語助」四代目市川小團次、「夢乃市郎兵衛」五代目坂東彦三郎、「紅の甚三」二代目澤村訥升、「提婆乃仁三」初代中村福助  安政6(1859)年 William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 11.42194-9
    Photograph © 2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


  • Place name Bunkamura THE MUSEUM
    (in Japanese) Bunkamuraザ・ミュージアム
    Website go to website
    Phone 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
    Dates 19 March – 5 June 2016
    Opening hours 10 am – 7 pm (last admission 6:30 pm)
    Price ¥1500
    (university & senior high school students: ¥1000, junior high & elementary school students: ¥700)
    Address 2 – 24 – 1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
    Getting there
    • 5 min walk from Shibuya Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line; Tokyu Den’en Toshi Line; Tokyo Métro Hanzomon Line and Fukutoshin Line: Exit 3a)
    • [7 min walk from Shibuya Station (JR lines: Hachiko Exit)
    • 7 min walk from Shibuya Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line; Keio Inokashira Line)

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.


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