A retrospective about Japanese etchings and their representation of the Kisokaido road network! This is what Paris Musée Cernuschi invites Japanese art fans to discover with the new exhibition extended to August 8, 2021 and called “Journey Along the Kisokaido: From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi”.
The exhibition opens a few months after the museum reopened for renovations and takes us to the heart of the Kisokaido road network… And if you are curious and would like to know its story, here is a short summary: it is one of the five arteries of the road network created in Japan under the Tokugawa era (1603-1868). It used to join Edo – where the shogun lived – and Kyoto – the seat of the Emperor.
Unlike the Tokaido road that joined “the former capital in 53 stops along the coast”, Kisokaido includes 69 stops and crossed “the mountain inland, following a longer but more spectacular path”. A road that has been the inspiration of many etchings made by artists such as Eisen, Hiroshige, as well as Kunisada and even Kuniyoshi who dived into this art genre and this topic after the huge success of the etchings by the first two artists named. In their creations, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi approach “the same topic in a personal way, inspired by kabuki plays and Japanese folklore legends”.
Note that two complete Kisokaido series are exhibited on the occasion. The first one by Eisen and Hiroshige from the Leskowicz collection and are considered as “one of the most beautiful in the world for the quality of the print and the brightness of colors”. The second by Kuniyoshi – belonging to Cernuschi – is displayed for the very first time. Also note that there is also a lovely selection of etchings by Kunisada from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Take your time to read the sidebars pairing the magnificent works of art displayed: some of them tell the stories and legends hidding behind these pictures. A delightful introduction to Japanese culture and folklore. The art items exhibited are just as important: those who know how to look for them can find them easily in the many paintings hanging in Musée Cernuschi.
A very beautiful exhibition, very rich enjoying a playful staging in a brand-new museum. Do not miss this occasion to discover the roads in Japan and their representation in art… Let’s go, friends, shall we?
Dates and Opening Time
From 19 May 2021 to 8 August 2021
7, avenue Velasquez
75008 Paris 8
Tarif réduit: €7
Plein tarif: €9
Ouvert du mardi au dimanche de 10h à 18h.
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