Shunga – Japanese Culture Art During the Edo Period

Shunga – Japanese Culture Art During the Edo Period 
the Museum of cultures, 23 October 2010-27 February 2011 Heleneum,
The natural conclusion of exhibition is the exhibition dedicated to the Museo delle Culture shunga. The shunga, Japanese word that means “images of spring,” is a genus of erotic prints which reached the Tokugawa shogunate period, peak between 1603 and 1867. In a nutshell, the shunga constitutes one of the most vibrant expressions of ethic and aesthetic reflection on the transience of life, brevity, and reflection that expresses the values of a bourgeois class of large City of that time. Merchants, craftsmen, physicians, and artists were excluded from political power, but, economically thriving, claimed a hedonistic conception of life, in contrast to the rigid-Confucian morals of samurai that held the country. Ultimately, the shunga materializes the worldview of those who mocked the conservatism of political power, portraying luxury, parties, theatrical performances and the life of pleasure, where the bourgeois was the company of women experts in the art of entertainment and love. The exhibition, the result of research conducted by the Museum of cultures and its partners, intends to lead the visitor to discover an unusual artistic genre, but that expresses a deep bond with Japanese life and culture of your time and more generally with the philosophies and worldview of the civilizations of the East. The selection features works of the major authors of the evolution of the genre of shunga, from Koryusai to Kunimori, and includes much of the artists best known as Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige.

Side activities
On October 20, 2010 – February 2011 30 Ciani

Throughout the period, a series of related events will foster the public’s encounter with Japanese culture through many fascinating forms of expression. IIL Ciani will host a series of events and activities, cultural associations Japan in Italy and Japan in Ticino, which will closely observe or participate firsthand some ritual moments and cultural attractions Japanese lives, produced and conducted by experts in each of the disciplines proposed. In particular, there will be the opportunity to witness the investiture of the kimono and the geisha, or tea ceremony, the ritual in Japan transcends the private dimension to take on social and spiritual meaning. Also, there will be more meetings with the culture of Japan as martial arts demonstrations of ikebana, as well as proposals for courses of origami and calligraphy bonsai pruning, packing, performance, and singing.

The shows
on October 9 and 21, 2010 Congress Palace on October 26, 2010, February 2011 features further appointments
29 November and 7 December 2010 Citadel Theatre,
The Nippon project contemplates a series of shows starting already from Saturday, 9 October 2010, When the Congress will stage Kodo in concert: an extraordinary exhibition of the most spectacular and famous dancer’s musicians 13-Japanese taiko drum group Kodo-in-world tour exclusively in Switzerland and only date close to Italy. October 21, 2010, at the Palace of Congress, will be the turn of the Martha Graham Dance Company with a unique dance show divided into 5 choreography signed by the great Martha Graham and the fascinating scenes of the Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi. October 26, 2010
To February 2011 features further appointments, will stage Nô and Kabuki, danced with spirited Conference Daimon Shiro, one of the foremost experts and interpreters of traditional Japanese (gestural art in collaboration with the International Theatre Festival). Monday, November 29, 2010
At Teatro Cittadella, Kyôgen Theatre is a theatrical evening staged Japanese comic stories recalling situations, characters, and techniques of our Comedy art. And finally, on Tuesday 7 December 2010 at Teatro Cittadella, Madame de Sade of Yukio Mishima (with Teatroaperto/Emilia Romagna Teatro Dehon Theatre and directed by Piero Ferrarini) offers a vision of the Divine feminine Marquis on a stage production of the play in the famous Japanese author who is also an extraordinary synthesis of European and Japanese cultural element.

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