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Asia Week Exhibition 2021

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865): His World Revisited, Paintings, Prints, and Illustrated Books

The works in this exhibition cover most aspects of the nineteenth-century ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kunisada’s long career. In assembling its contents, I have come to realize just how rare many of Kunisada’s finest works are. Since his prints were dismissed in the early twentieth century, they were not cared for in the same way as their eighteenth-century counterparts. As a result, choice impressions have become very uncommon. Likewise, because his paintings have not been systematically collected, they have been hidden from critical gaze. More admired in Japan than in the West, the result has been that this area of Kunisada’s oeuvre has been largely ignored here. Few examples reside in the museums of Europe and the United States. I am hopeful that this exhibition and accompanying publication will increase recognition of Kunisada’s accomplishments in the field.

March 15-26, 2021
Daily, 11 AM to 5 PM
(Closed Sunday)
(by appointment only)