Madrid Exhibitions. Japanese Prints at the Prado Museum. 12 June – 6 October 2013. Room 60. If you have the chance, don’t miss this important event. It’s worth!
The Prado Museum houses more than 50 Japanese prints. Twenty of them derive from the Exhibition of Old and Modern Japanese Prints that was shown in the summer of 1936, organised by the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Nippon Hanga Kyōkai.
In 1955 the Prado collection was enlarged with the purchase of a further group of works that had been included in an exhibition organised by UNESCO. While most of the prints in the Prado came from the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, which fused with the Prado in 1971, over the past few years the Department of Prints and Drawings has increased its holdings with works from the Madrazo collection (2006) and particularly through the donation made by the collector Antonio Correa (2007).
Current Exhibition: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm. Sunday and holidays from 10 am to 7 pm
Organised chronologically and by type, the exhibition starts with the oldest prints in the Museum collection. The first dates from the late 17th century by Torii Kiyonobu abd by Ishiwaka Toyonobu, printed in black ink from a single woodblock. Following these two images, the other works in the exhibition are printed using the technique of multiple blocks in colour (nishiki-e).
Dating from the early 19th century is print on the rebellion at Hôgen by Katsukawa Shuntei and a portrait of a courtesan from Yoshiwara by Kikugawa Eizan. Utagawa Hiroshige, who was particularly renowned in the West through the japonisme movement, is also present in the exhibition with seven landscapes. The exhibition concludes with a panoramic view of Lake Shinobazu by Chikanobu and a Sugoroku gameboard, which is a game similar to snakes and ladders.