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The UKIYO-E 2020 exhibition


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  • The UKIYO-E 2020

    23 July – 13 September 2020
    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum


    Ukiyo-e is a well-known Japanese art, which has been influential to many artists around the world.

    During the Edo period, the common people of Edo town or pre-modern Tokyo delighted in seeing ukiyo-e prints and paintings that portrayed their “ukiyo” or ephemeral, fleeting life.

    This exhibition features ukiyo-e masterpieces brought together from three major Japanese institutions specializing in the ukiyo-e art: Ota Memorial Museum of Art (Harajuku, Tokyo), the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (Matsumoto-shi, Nagano pref.) and the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation.

    The exhibition will rotate a total of approximately 450 ukiyo-e classics and treasures selected from the museums’ collections.

    That includes some 100 works labelled “Important Cultural Property”, a designation of national cultural heritage in Japan.

    What not to miss of the UKIYO-E 2020 exhibition

    ◆ Representative works of about 60 ukiyo-e artists

    Featuring masterpieces of approximately 60 ukiyo-e masters, the show will trace the history of ukiyo-e art, starting from the birth of ukiyo-e, the nishiki-e (multi-coloured woodblock prints) and portraits of Japanese beauties, actors and heroes.

    60 masters include: Hishikawa Moronobu, Suzuki Harunobu, Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro, Toshusai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Toyokuni, Utagawa Hiroshige and Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

    The UKIYO-E 2020 東京都美術館

    歌川広重「江戸近郊八景之内 玉川秋月」 横大判錦絵 天保6~8年(1835~37)頃 太田記念美術館

    The UKIYO-E 2020 東京都美術館

    東洲斎写楽「三代目大谷鬼次の江戸兵衛」 大判錦絵 寛政6年(1794)5月 日本浮世絵博物館

    The UKIYO-E 2020 東京都美術館

    鳥居清長「六郷渡船」 重要美術品 大判錦絵二枚続 天明4年(1784)頃 平木浮世絵財団

    The UKIYO-E 2020 東京都美術館

    歌川国芳「人をばかにした人だ」 大判錦絵 弘化4年(1847)頃 日本浮世絵博物館


    ◆ Classics of Hokusai and Hiroshige in view

    The most outstanding works by Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” and Utagawa Hiroshige’s “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Highway” will be on display.

    A feast for the eyes.

    The UKIYO-E 2020 東京都美術館

    葛飾北斎「冨嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏」 横大判錦絵 天保元~4年(1830~33)頃 太田記念美術館
    展示期間:前期(7月23日[木・祝]~8月16日[日])  ※後期も他館所蔵の同作品が展示されます

    The UKIYO-E 2020 東京都美術館

    葛飾北斎「冨嶽三十六景 凱風快晴」 横大判錦絵 天保元~4年(1830~33)頃 平木浮世絵財団
    展示期間:前期(7月23日[木・祝]~8月16日[日])  ※後期も他館所蔵の同作品が展示されます

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

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