KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA From the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

KUNIYOSHI & KUNISADA From the Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

4F Boston Gallery 5F Open Gallery
September 10th (Sat), 2016 - December 11th (Sun), 2016
During the Edo period (1603-1868), at a time when no televisions or magazines existed, ukiyo-e woodblock prints excelled as an important media for conveying images of Kabuki theater stars, along with the latest entertainment and fashion reports. This exhibition showcases the world of Edo through the works of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864) –two ukiyo-e artists who took the world by storm during the end of the Edo Period. Mobilizing the contrasting styles of the bold and enthralling Kuniyoshi and the elegant and elaborate Kunisada, this exhibition has attempted to probe the pop worldviews and sentiments that flourished in those days. Presented are 170 selected works from the ukiyo-e collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston which is renowned for being preserved in pristine condition, fully capable of yielding the impression of having been freshly printed out.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi [Nozarashi Gosuke: Kuniyoshi moyo shofuda tsuketari genkin otoko (Men of Ready Money with True Labels Attached, Kuniyoshi Style) about 1845 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.28900 Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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