Ukiyo-e Exhibition in London from April 5

posted on 2012-03-24 16:32 EDT by Andrew Osmond
Japanese woodblock art exhibited at ICN Gallery on Leonard Street.

There will be a series of exhibitions of Ukiyo-e woodblock art at the ICN Gallery on Leonard Street in London, between Old Street and Shoreditch High Street stations (map). Ukiyo-e is often seen as one of the forerunners of modern manga.

The first exhibition at the ICN, entitled "What is Ukiyo-e?" will run from Thursday April 5 to Saturday April 28. (The ICN is closed on Sundays.) According to the press release:

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 67 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.

The exhibition is presented with the cooperation of the The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints, which creates reproduction Ukiyo=e prints.

Via Otaku News.

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