|What is Ukiyo-e? at ICN Gallery|
|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 13:15|
HYPER JAPAN 2012 Spring exhibitor ICN Gallery is presenting a series of exhibitions that centres on the theme of ukiyo-e. "What is Ukiyo-e?" is running from 5 - 28 April and 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-period (1603 -1868). 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. This exhibition is highly recommended for not only those who are 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.
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