part1 "What is Ukiyo-e?"
Japan Masters: Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Sharaku, Utamaro
5– 28 April 2012 (Closed Sunday)
Opening Party : 5 April from 18:00-21:00
Artist Talk: 18 January from 20:00 - 21:00 (RSVP needed)
ICN Gallery proudly presents to you a series of exhibitions that centres on the theme of ukiyo-e. This exhibition, which is the first in the series, serves as an introduction to ukiyo-e that will hopefully enable visitors to better understand its historical origins and influence on Japanese art.
The word "Ukiyo"(fleeting life) means "modern-style". Ukiyo-e is the most popular print describing people's everyday life and every things which became popular in the Edo. The bold compositions and vibrant colours attracted European painters such as van Gogh and Monet, hence an unprecedented boom of Japonism. This exhibition features brilliantly coloured woodblock paintings executed in a particular technique known as nishiki-e, the latter of which is commonly administered in ukiyo-e works. The pieces showcased here are also accompanied by interpretations that advise the viewer on how best to comprehend and appreciate the charm of ukiyo-e. We highly recommend this exhibition for not only people those who're already interested in Japanese culture, but also those who have never seen Ukiyo-e before.
A total of 60 works are being exhibited, all of which are for sale. These pieces were created by different Edo-period artists such as Hokusai and Kuniyoshi who were interested in a variety of subject matter, ranging from themes of beauties, kabuki, samurai, landscapes and caricature. We sincerely hope that you will be satisfied with the characteristic and charm of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints such as its novelty, originality, the beauty of omission, and clear colouring.
Cooperation: The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints and the Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing
Future Exhibitions on Ukiyo-e by ICN gallery
Part 2: "Ukiyo-e and Contemporary Japanese artists"; 5 July – 1 September 2012
Part 3: "Edo Stylish"; 1 – 10 November 2012 during Asian Art in London with Ukiyo-e demonstrations and workshops