Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art

Tenim el plaer d’informar de la pròxima inauguració, el dia 2 d’octubre de 2013, de l’exposició Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art, al British Museum de Londres.

L’art eròtic japonès, shunga, desenvolupat entre els segles XVII i XIX, i prohibit al Japó durant gran part del segle XX, es va difondre a partir del 1600 entre totes les classes socials coexistint amb la població japonesa durant més de tres-cents anys. Aquesta és la primera gran mostra dedicada a l’art eròtic japonès que tant va arrelar a la societat japonesa, amb obres de gran qualitat d’artistes com Hishikawa Moronobu, Kitagawa Utamaro o Katsushika Hokusai. Un art sorprenentment ric, modern i ple de matisos que també va atraure a finals del segle XIX a artistes com Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, Rodin o Picasso.

La mostra, probablement la principal exposició d’art japonès organitzada a Europa durant l’última dècada, és el fruit de l’extens i intens treball de recerca liderat per Timothy Clark (The British Museum), Andrew Gerstle (SOAS, University of London), Yano Akiko (SOAS, University of London), Hayakawa Monta (Nichibunken, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto), Akama Ryo (Ristumeikan University, Kyoto) i Ishigami Aki (Ristumeikan University, Kyoto). Ha comptat amb la col·laboració i el treball en grup d’un equip de vora una trentena d’especialistes internacionals; Asano Shugo (Yamato Bunkakan Museum), Ricard Bru (Institut de Cultura de Barcelona), Rosina Buckland (National Museum of Scotland), Alan Cummings (SOAS, University of London), Julie Nelson Davis (University of Pennsylvania), Menno Fitski (Rijksmuseum), Amaury García Rodíguez (El Colegio de México), Alfred Haft (The British Museum), Higuchi Kazutaka (Mitsui Memorial Museum), Monika Hinkel (SOAS, University of London), Hinohara Kenji (Ukiy-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art), Ishiguro Keisho (Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography), Kobayashi Fumiko (Hosei University), Kobayashi Tadashi (Gakushuin University), Matsubara Ryoko (Nazan University), Laura Moretti (University of Cambridge), Joshua Mostow (University of British Columbia), Naito Masato (Keio University), Jennifer Preston (SOAS, University of London), Sadamura Koto (University of Tokyo), Timon Screech (SOAS, University of London), Naoko Shimazu (Brikbeck College), Shirakura Yoshihiko, Suzuki Kenko (Kyoto Seika University), Tanaka Yuko (Hosei University), Ellis Tinios (University of Leeds) i Yamamoto Yukari (Tama Art University).

L’exposició, oberta al públic a partir del dijous dia 3 d’octubre, compta també amb el simposi inaugural, Shunga: Sex Art in Japan.

Shunga. Sex and pleasure in Japanese art

The British Museum, London. 3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Parental guidance advised

BM LondonProduced from 1600 to 1900 and banned in Japan for much of the 20th century, these explicit and beautifully detailed erotic paintings, prints and books inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, Rodin and Picasso.

Mostly created by the artists of the ukiyo-e or ‘floating world’ school, these popular works were known as shunga, – literally  ‘spring pictures’. They appealed to all classes in Japan for almost 300 years, and to men and women alike. Frequently tender and humorous, they celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms in brilliantly coloured paintings and prints, culminating with beautiful and explicit works by iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada.

Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. The exhibition sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history.

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