Friday, May 20, 2016

Shibuya, Tokyo: The Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA

The Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


If you would like to read the Chinese version of this post, please refer to the following link:

Display Date:  March 19, 2016 (Saturday)- June 5, 2016 (Sunday)
Open Hours: 10:00~19:00 
Friday and Saturday: 10:00~21:00
Place:  Bunkamura ザ・ミュージアム (Shibuya, Tokyo)

For more details, please read the following link:

For Japanese official information, please check the following link:

Tokyu Bunkamura, Inc.
2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, 
Tokyo 150-8507

Nearest Station:
・Shibuya Station (渋谷駅)
・Shinsen Station (神泉駅)

TargetAdmission Fee (Tax included)Advanced purchase and organizations
College & high school students¥1,000¥800
Junior high & elementary school students¥700¥500

In this exhibition, there are about 170 pieces of art you can enjoy. These pieces were created by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)and Utagawa Kunisada(歌川国貞)who were the two talented Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) artists who achieved great success in the late Edo period (江戸時代). You could see artwork displaying skeletons, cats, heroes, women etc, in a unique way. If you are interested in Ukiyo-e or art showing some spirits in the Edo period, this exhibition is highly recommended. If necessary, you can ask for English leaflets from the staff. After enjoying this exhibition, you can tour around Shibuya which is a hot spot in Tokyo as well. 

The following paragraphs are quoted from the official English description:
' Despite being fellow apprentices, the two artists differ greatly in style: Kuniyoshi took the public by storm with his dynamic images of warriors and his bold compositions, Kunisada with his urbane portraits of beautiful women and his signature intricacy. The men of Edo were likely captivated by Kuniyoshi’s depiction of heroism, identifying with its heroes and infatuated by its spirited, poised, beautiful heroines. On the other hand, the women of Edo were enraptured by Kunisada’s dazzling kabuki actors, and aspired to the beauty of his sensual female forms. The aim of this exhibition is to enable visitors to appreciate these works instinctively, exploring the feelings that we of today share with Edo-period fans of Kuniyoshi and Kunisada'. 

   Left: KUNIYOSHI  (歌川国芳)                 Right: KUNISADA(歌川国貞)

People have been in love with letters/ mails since the Edo Period.

People have been in love with skeletons since the Edo Period.

Examples of some work being shown in this exhibition

There are about 170 pieces of artwork shown in this exhibition 
(*I am not showing the full list).

Thanks for reading. See you~

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