Japanese ukiyo-e exhibition at Liepāja Museum

On August 26, the Liepāja Museum will open an exhibition titled “Kabuki 歌舞伎.” Japan's 19th-century ukiyo-e, Liepāja Museum representatives said August 11.

The exhibition will include display of kabuki theater actors  in the colored carvings of Japan's Edo period, or ukiyo-e.

Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica. The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates as "picture[s] of the floating world".

The exhibition will mainly cover works of three commercially successful ukiyo-e artists: 歌川国/Utagawa Kunisada, 1786-1865, who was also one of the trendsetters in his field, 原国周豊/Toyohara Kunichika, 1835-1900 and 川国芳/Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 1797-1861, one of the last great masters of Japanese ukiyo-e.

Exhibition 'Kabuki 歌舞伎" will be open at Liepāja Museum until September 27.

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