Art Institute of Chicago Ukiyo-e exhibit

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Art Institute of Chicago Ukiyo-e exhibit

Post by scarletknight » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:49 pm

So this probably belongs in the Music and other Liberal Arts topic, but it would get lost in there, and nobody would see it.

There is an interesting exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago: Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection. Why is this of interest here, you might ask? Ukiyo, or the "Floating World" was the lifestyle of the Edo period in Japan, particularly as it relates to the entertainment districts of the large cities, such as Kyoto and Edo (now Tokyo). Ukiyo-e refers to the artwork - paintings on silk (and woodblock prints) that captured this world. Of particular interest is that one of the major subjects of the artwork of this period were the courtesans, of both the licensed and unlicensed districts.

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Now, for all you perverts out there, there are also several Shunga scrolls on display. These are sets of fun paintings (usually 12) in a single scroll - and they can be quite explicit.

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This is a very interesting exhibit - I highly recommend it.The artwork is amazing; if you've seen Japanese woodblock prints before, these paintings on silk are a major cut above those, in both detail and color. There's also a fair amount of interesting information about the period. In addition, there is a related exhibit in the rotating gallery dedicated to Japanese prints. (Note: I also recommend downloading the free Art Institute app - you can now listen to their audio commentary through that on your phone, without having to rent a headset)

So to close, I'll leave you with the "Hell Courtesan", just for the heck of it.

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Re: Art Institute of Chicago Ukiyo-e exhibit

Post by scarletknight » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:58 pm

You can read more about the exhibit here:

https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/2823/ ... collection

And more about the Hell Courtesan here:

https://www.artic.edu/articles/719/an-a ... nd-of-hell
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Post by Karma8791 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:09 pm

Thanks SK. Interesting. Hope to read more on this when time permits.

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Post by Skookum » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:03 am

Very interesting, SK. I saw some of this art when I was in Amsterdam at the Sex Museum (yes, it’s a thing). The art is quite beautiful to behold, whether you’re into the content or not.

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Post by franklin » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:55 am

Interesting SK. Also reminds of some of the Roman frescos in Pompeii.

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Post by Ivylee » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:48 am

This is amazing! Thank you for sharing! One thing on my bucket list is to visit Chicago, stay on Michigan Avenue and go on a museum tour!!

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Re: Art Institute of Chicago Ukiyo-e exhibit

Post by finman56 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:22 pm

Thanks SK, the Art Institute is one of the few museums in Chicago I have not been to, may have to check it out.
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