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Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e

"Ukiyo-e and Fashion in the Edo Period: Ukiyo-e"

Honkan Room 10  October 23, 2018 (Tue) - November 18, 2018 (Sun)

  
The Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando, By Toshusai Sharaku, Edo period, dated 1794 (Important Cultural Property)

The genre of ukiyo-e, which depicts the common people of the Edo period (1603?1868), originally consisted only of hand-painted works. Later, mass production of ukiyo-e became possible through woodblock printing, while advances in carving and printing techniques eventually led to the creation of multi-colored prints called nishiki-e. This exhibition features works associated with Kabuki theater, a major theme of ukiyo-e. The lineup includes playbills, which served as advertisements; prints depicting theaters and actors on stage; portraits of actors, which functioned like today’s photographs of movie stars; and "death pictures," which were created in mourning for popular actors. Visitors are invited to explore various renditions on the theme of Kabuki.

Current exhibit includes:
Yanone Goro, By Torii Kiyonaga, Edo period, dated 1810 (Important Art Object, Lent by Jyoujuin, Tokyo)
The Actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Ogishi Kurando, By Toshusai Sharaku, Edo period, dated 1794 (Important Cultural Property)
Kabuki Theater (Right screen), By Hishikawa Moronobu, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Genre Scenes, By Miyagawa Choshun, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property)