World exhibition Ukiyo-e Shunga of pornography
Artglorieux GALLERY OF TOKYO
We hold sale plan of the first "pornography" in gallery.
The mt. Fuji 36 view "Kanagawa offing wave other side" of Hokusai exhibited at Christies auction is made a bid for in 100 million yen or more, and it may be said that ukiyoe print getting evaluation that is high abroad is art that Japan boasts of last year.
In late years it is "pornography" in the ukiyoe print to attract attention. "The nature and pleasure exhibition in pornography Japan art" held in the British Museum in 2013 mobilized approximately 90,000 visitors, and height of the artistry got evaluation that was high from not only local British paper but also the world media.
First Japanese "pornography" held in Eisei-Bunko Museum in the autumn of 2015 exhibition mobilized 210,000 people (three months) that we could stand in line very much day after day, and it might be said that it was miraculous and went around in Hosomi Museum of Kyoto in spring of 2016, the following day and largely repainted record of attendance, and it was big topic.
As for the class of art person concerned and intellectuals of Asian area led by China, some wealthy people of "pornography" is artistic, and begin to pay attention to cultural value, and the presence is expected in future in the world when increase.
It was world's best collector of "Hokusai comics", and, also, in the work election of now exhibition, cooperation had international ukiyoe print society permanent post director, Mitsuru Urakami who was made an effort for cooperate with first Japanese "pornography" of the aforesaid exhibition holding for ukiyoe print exhibition held in all the countries of the world.
Because you see various charm that "pornography" has, there is work of slightly stimulating expression in back room. In appreciation, we would like your responsibility.
Then please fully thoroughly enjoy the world of splendid "pornography".
You hear with "pornography", and what kind of image will you have about all of you?
Is it "erotic ukiyoe print of the Edo era?" Of course it is not mistake and may be precise expression that captured characteristic. However, on investigation we are often surprised as well as it about "pornography" by high artistry and cultural value.
"Pornography" was not drawn by a particular ukiyoe artist, and it was produced by Moronobu Hishikawa, Harunobu Suzuki, Kiyonaga Torii, Utamaro Kitagawa, Hokusai Katsushika, Eisen Keisai, Kunisada Utagawa, many first-class illustrators such as Kuniyoshi Utagawa.
It was ukiyoe print which might catch regulation such as the number of theme and the colors, but "pornography" was produced without being underground if regulation became severe, and receiving limit, and first-class ukiyoe artists showed fully own artistic skill and, since "reform of Kyoho," competed for transcendence technique for carving and woodcut print. Therefore there is opinion to say even if "pornography is top of ukiyoe print".
The artistry had a big influence on European painter and japonizumu including Picasso. Deformed expression and impossible composition seemed to be beyond conventional fixation concept.
"Pornography" plays an important role in knowing life and sense of values, culture of people of the Edo era again.
Nude of man and woman was not rare for the Edo era, people that man and woman mixed bathing was natural, and we were more tolerant than now, and way of thinking for the nature seemed to be open, too.
As for the male genitals which were greatly exaggerated, and were drawn, acquaintance of man and woman was arrested as happy thing as thing which led to descendant prosperity again. It is said that we took role as textbook of the nature for woman and newly-married couple before wedding.
In addition, we can know the fashion at the time if we see created kimono and hairstyle and can guess about human relations and the situation of character.
It is splendor that "pornography" has that can feel from one piece of work to way of sense of values, fashion and living of culture and people of the Edo era.
Is thing which also expressed joy of the nature as love contented in the times when the nature is like opening in concept called "man and woman harmony" delicately boldly not "pornography?"
We prepared ancon of 12 pieces set, a lot of of printed book said to be pornographic book, miniature book size of palm size from handwriting, one piece of thing of color woodblock print (tashokusuribankaku) in venue.
There is work of slightly stimulating expression, but is happy while feeling artistic culture-like value if you can see with tolerant feeling as well as people in the Edo era.
■Work commentary by international ukiyoe print society permanent post director, Mitsuru Urakami: Saturday, July 7 14:00 ..., 17:00 ...
Event name: World exhibition Ukiyo-e Shunga of pornography
Period: 2018.07.05- 2018.07.11
It was finished
※We are closed at 6:00 p.m. on the last day