Xmas 2016 with the Japanese artists. Still for a while in Milan! Gifts for you in Japanese style!

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Xmas 2016, and the wonder is timeless with three masters of the Japanese Beauty: Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro.

The protagonist is the environment, one entity including people and animals. It is a celebration of life on this planet, from the history of Japan. They become a witness of everyday life, legend and history, worldly solemnity and crafts, of all the landscapes, the sea, the mountains, the forest, the storm. And more, the world of dreams and the world of wonders are the favorite subjects of the three artists par excellence of the “Floating World” (the ukiyoe): Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. For the 150th anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Italy at PALAZZO REALE, in MILAN, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro are displyed until January 29th, 2017.

Don’t worry! You will be more than amazed and astonished as you see for the first time the “Death Star“. So lose no time and get carried to the Xmas 2016 of Japanese Art by Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro and don’t forget your gifts! I Love This Planet really has some ready gifts for you, here they are:

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For this Xmas 2016 the world of dreams and the world of wonders join together. These are the favorite subjects of the three artists par excellence of the “Floating World” (the ukiyoe): Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. You can understand their beauty thanks to the 150th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Italy at PALAZZO REALE, in Milan. Until January 29th, 2017:

  • 200 polychromatic woodblock prints and illustrated books from the remarkable collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art.
  • A journey into the art and human world of the three masters, that still today, as in the past centuries, influence schools and artists in Japan and in Europe.
  • The three artists oppose the delight of a moment, pleasure and fun in all its forms to the ethics of Samurai.

All the information to reach the exhibition and Palazzo Reale

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Official Exhibition site.

150 years from the First Treaty of Friendship Japan-Italy

until January 29, 2017. Palazzo Reale, Milan.

On the anniversary of the 150 years since the signing of the first Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Japan and Italy, we are particularly happy to be able to represent in the halls of the Royal Palace the Japanese world viewed through the refined imagery of three of the most important personalities of the Japanese history of art – said the Councillor for Culture Filippo Del Corno. The exhibition displays a fantasy and a technique that fascinated, influencing them, many European artists of the late nineteenth century, from Monet to Puccini, going beyond the figurative painting in which they worked. In fact, Giacomo Puccini sets in Japan one of his most famous works, “Madama Butterfly”.

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7.-HOKUSAI Natale 2016 Xmas 2106 I Love This Planet

Katsushika Hokusai “The sanctuary Honganji in Asakusa, Edo”, “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” series, 1830-1832 ca. Polychromatic woodblock print, 24,7 x 36,5 cm. Honolulu Museum of Art.

The exhibition for Xmas 2016, promoted and produced by the City of Milan-Culture, Palazzo Reale and MondoMostre Skira and curated by Rossella Menegazzo, Professor of Art History of Eastern Asia at the University in Milan, takes part in the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Italy that started with the signing of the first Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between the two countries on August 25th, 1866.

The experience of the audience at the exhibition

Nature, wildlife and people depicted in a single harmonious environment

A double experience you can live as a spectator:

  1. the same wonder they felt before the freshness and simplicity of form and color artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and which helped to change and transform the pictorial language of the late nineteenth century in Paris
  2. learn about the technical features, the skill and the eccentricity of each artists.

Through 5 sections:

  1. Landscapes and famous places: Hokusai and Hiroshige
  2. Literary tradition and famous views: Hokusai
  3. Rivals in “nature”: Hokusai and Hiroshige
  4. Utamaro: beauty and sensuality
  5. Manga: learning from Hokusai

The exhibition highlights the Japanese image market of that time. It required to depict specific subjects, famous places and faces, stylish themes and characters. A demand that inevitably caused rivalry between the artists themselves and among the publishers who produced the works and challenged for the best painters, engravers and printers to create series of many different prints, vertical, horizontal, fan-like or book-like to meet an increasingly demanding and extensive publishing market.

Hokusai […] with his drawings; the waves are like claws that cling to the ship and I can almost hear them. [Vincent Van Gogh]

The exhibition through the woodblock prints of the three masters Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) uses the same subjects to highlight as the publishers were obliged to invent new formats and different shots. And as each of these artists distinguished himself in a specific thematic series until it became a best seller forcing the others to try their hand on the same subject to find out their own niche in the market.

It is then clear why to the “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji” by Hokusai (1830-32 ca.) followed, after almost twenty years, also another “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” by Hiroshige (1852-58) which includes similar views somehow mentioning Hokusai and suggesting the “Big wave” through a similar shot.

Japan and Italy

United by historical necessity of beauty

Glimpses of bridges, waterfalls, districts of Edo, Kyoto and more distant provinces, together with the faces, the elegance of the kimono and the sensuality of the most beautiful women of that time depict the view of a society and lead the observer, today as in past times, to the places and locations haunted by the three masters and their contemporaries.

16.-HIROSHIGE Natale 2016 Xmas 2106 I Love This Planet

16.-HIROSHIGE 2016 Xmas  I Love This Planet

Utagawa Hiroshige. “Dragonfly and chrysanthemums”, 1837-1838 ca. Polychromatic woodblock print, 11 x 16,4 cm. Honolulu Museum of Art.

They prove as men are always an active and integrated part of nature, even when the subjects refer to a tradition, in literature, poetry and theatre. They show from a technical point of view, a growing confidence of the ukiyoe masters with what were the ways of representing reality from the West who were integrated gradually into the Floating World images and especially mark a social and political creation of a new national cultural identity.

Xmas 2016 will be an opportunity to explore and discover new aspects of the cultural, economic, and political relations existing between our country and Japan. A full program of events and celebrations that involves different Japanese and Italian cities and institutions.

Catalog by Skira.
PR MondoMostre Skira office:
Federica Mariani, tel. 06 6893806, 366.6493235
Barbara Notaro Dietrich, tel. 348 7946585
Lucia Crespi, tel. 02 89415532, 02 89401645

Online courses of Japanese and 5 free e-books for creativity

I Love This Planet sends you the Pdf for an introduction to some free online courses.


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