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English | 2014/1/12(日) 18:35

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Ukiyo-e: A Journey Through the Floating World

Celebrating Fifty Years of the International Ukiyo-e Society


Dates and Venues:

January 2 to March 2, 2014: Edo-Tokyo Museum

March 11 to May 6, 2014: Nagoya City Museum

May 16 to July 13, 2014: Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum


The Organizers are pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “Ukiyo-e: A Journey Through the Floating World” opening in January 2014 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the International Ukiyo-e Society. To commemorate this historic milestone, the exhibition will be presented at three venues around Japan, bringing together masterpieces from diverse Japanese and foreign collections to present a comprehensive picture of the history of Ukiyo-e.


The predecessor of the current association was established in 1962 as the Japan Ukiyo-e Society, with the purpose of supporting the study and promotion of Ukiyo-e as a key discipline of Japan’s artistic heritage. In 1998, the organization was renamed the International Ukiyo-e Society in recognition of its expanded mandate to provide a forum for the research, promotion, and exchange of information about Ukiyo-e, which had since emerged as a major field on the international stage. By hosting a monumental exhibition, the society aims to awaken a new and deeper appreciation for the fascinating field of Ukiyo-e more widely among the general public.


This exhibition will bring together masterworks of Ukiyo-e and related styles with the aim of painting a complete picture of Ukiyo-e, from the genre paintings of the early modern period from which it was born to the Shin hanga (“new prints”) that were produced from the Meiji period onward. Works will be drawn not only from museum collections throughout Japan, but also from major museums around the world. A veritable “encyclopedia of Ukiyo-e,” the exhibition will include such iconic and widely-recognized works as Beauty Looking Back (Hishikawa Moronobu), Young Woman Blowing a “Poppen” (Kitagawa Utamaro), Actor Ōtani Oniji III as the Manservant Edohei (Tōshūsai Sharaku), Great Wave off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji (Katsushika Hokusai), and Sudden Shower at Ōhashi Bridge and Atake from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Utagawa Hiroshige).

From overseas, the exhibition will enjoy the support of five museums (the British Museum, the Musée Guimet, the Museum für Asiatische Kunst Berlin, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Art Institute of Chicago), which will lend approximately 100 prints. Concurrently, approximately 340 prints, printed books, and paintings will be contributed by various art and history museums throughout Japan.

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