Bigindicator

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
20131114134448-20131114103134-00583010_001
Sexual dalliance between a man and geisha, c. 1711–1716 Hand-coloured Woodblock Print © The Trustees of the British Museum.
20131113113051-00234291_001
Lovers in the upstairs room of a teahouse, from Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow), 1788 Sheet From a Colour-woodblock Printed Album © The Trustees of the British Museum
20130801135233-shunga_hero_image_624x351
detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve), c. 1785 © Courtesy of The British Museum
Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom
October 3rd, 2013 - January 5th, 2014
Opening: October 3rd, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.britishmuseum.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
holborn, covent garden
EMAIL:  
communications@britishmuseum.org
OPEN HOURS:  
Sat-Thu 10-5:30; Fri 10-8:30
TAGS:  
prints

DESCRIPTION

Discover Japanese prints, paintings and drawings like no other.

 

Produced 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.

 


Supported by Shunga in Japan LLP

Part of Japan400