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Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the City

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Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the City


Bespoke small group tours (the gallery is being opened especially for the Art Fund)– Kate Newnham, Senior Curator

Three individual group tours (15 places each):

Thursday 24th January at 9.15am Tuesday 12th February at 9.15am

Wednesday 24th April at 5pm

Featuring original woodblock prints from Bristol’s collection, this exhibit will explore the sophisticated urban culture of Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries from fashion, eating out and day trips to geisha and the kabuki theatre. These city entertainments fuelled the market for woodblock prints. The exhibition will explore how artists and craftspeople developed fine multi-colour prints with increasingly sophisticated effects to respond to this demand whilst abiding by regulations laid down by the Shogunate, Japan’s military dictatorship. The rare and colourful prints in Bristol’s collection, specially conserved and mounted for the exhibition, allow us glimpses into Japanese urban life, both elegant and earthy, over 250 years ago.

Kate Newnham is senior curator, Visual Arts at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, where she has worked since 2000. She curates Bristol’s Eastern Art Collection which has ‘designated’ status as being of national/ international importance. Prior to Bristol, she worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Kate has a strong interest in Japanese culture and lived in Kyoto in 1989.



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