UKIYO-E. Les plus belles estampes japonaises. De mooiste Japanse prenten.

Help the Musée du Cinquantenaire fund an exceptional exhibition featuring its magnificent Japanese engravings! Brussels, autumn 2016.

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UKIYO-E. Les plus belles estampes japonaises. De mooiste Japanse prenten.

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Ukiyo-e literally means pictures of the floating world in Japanese. The origin of the term floating world is Buddhist, and it refers to life on earth characterised by suffering and the ephemeral. This negative connotation disappeared over time and in the 17th century, the term ukiyo became synonymous with a world of fleeting pleasure. This hedonistic meaning is indicated by the suffix e ("picture") in the term ukiyo-e.

 

The exhibition is totally unique and will put on display more than 400 Japanese engravings selected from among the finest specimens of the Musée du Cinquantenaire’s spectacular collection. The engravings that will be on show are incomparable and famous for their extraordinary quality.

 

This exhibition will therefore offer an exceptional panorama of the art of Japanese engravings, from its beginnings in black and white to the superb polychrome series from the end of the 19th century. Furthermore, a selection of contemporary Japanese objects, such as lacquers, kimonos and armour, will help to elaborate upon and better understand these marvellous works of art in their cultural context.

 

Besides the chronological order of the exhibition, a certain number of specific themes will be presented:

 

special attention will be given to private luxury editions known as surimono; these engravings used the finest printing techniques and were printed as limited editions for the highly select societies of Edo poets.

 

Also on show: pictures of spring or shunga, as the erotic engravings are known, and a selection of engravings with images of the kabuki theatre in Osaka, called kamigata-e.   

 

The exhibition will end with Shin hanga engravings, a new impetus dating from the beginning of the 20th century.

 

Visitors will also have the chance to discover the contemporary works of Dimitri Piot, a talented young Belgian artist whose muse is the Japanese engraving.

 

Context of the exhibition

 

In 2016, Belgium and Japan will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. Belgium and Japan established these relations in 1866, when they signed their first treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation. In May 2014, the prime minister of Japan and the prime minister of Belgium agreed that both countries should seize the opportunity offered by this 150th anniversary to reinforce their bonds of friendship and encourage cultural exchanges.

What better then, than to set up this exhibition, thanks to the help of Kisskissbankbankers, to pay tribute to Japan and the Japanese, by showing a selection of the museum’s finest treasures!

 

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For €5

Our sincere thanks
  • Backers: 6
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For €10

Our sincere thanks + 1 bookmark of the Ukiyo-e exhibition
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For €25

Our sincere thanks + 1 bookmark of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 1 ticket for the Ukiyo-e exhibition
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For €50

Our sincere thanks + 1 bookmark of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 1 set of 5 postcards of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 2 tickets for the Ukiyo-e exhibition
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  • Delivery October 2016

For €75

Our sincere thanks + 1 set of 5 postcards of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 2 tickets for the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 1 invitation for the preview of the Ukiyo-e exhibition, drinks included (= valid for 2 people)
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  • Delivery April 2016

For €100

Our sincere thanks + 2 tickets for the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 1 magnificent catalogue of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 1 invitation for the preview of the Ukiyo-e exhibition, drinks included (= valid for 2 people)
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  • Delivery October 2016

For €250

Our sincere thanks + 2 tickets for the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 2 magnificent catalogues of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 2 invitations for the preview of the Ukiyo-e exhibition, drinks included (= each invitation is valid for 2 people) + 2 subscriptions to the museum’s permanent collections (every subscription is valid for 2 people for 1 year)
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  • Delivery April 2016

For €500

Our sincere thanks + 2 tickets for the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 2 magnificent catalogues of the Ukiyo-e exhibition + 2 invitations for the preview of the Ukiyo-e exhibition, drinks included (= each invitation is valid for 2 people) + 2 subscriptions to the museum’s permanent collections (every subscription is valid for 2 people for 1 year) + mention on the museum’s website as a donor + 1 guided tour of the Ukiyo-e exhibition by the curator of the Japanese prints collection
  • Delivery October 2016

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