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.
◆ 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.
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