The Japanese have lengthy revered their pure panorama. Its magnificence has been a central focus in Japanese tradition, as has its energy. All of that is rooted within the perception that supernatural forces and beings — from ghosts to shape-shifting animals to trickster spirits — inhabit and affect the pure realm. A brand new exhibition at Japan Home Los Angeles, Nature/Supernature – Visions of this World and Past in Japanese Woodblock Prints, vividly portrays these concepts by way of woodblock prints.
For hundreds of years, Japanese artists have illustrated these themes, reaching new heights within the Edo (1603–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) eras with the rise of woodblock printing. Step into the sub-gallery — just about, from the protection and luxury of your personal dwelling — and expertise the historical past and means of Japanese woodblock printing, the world’s first type of “mass media.” Very early examples of printed pictures in addition to woodblocks, instruments, and pigments set the stage for evolution to return.
Enter into the principle gallery, the place a set of greater than 60 prints from the Scripps School assortment in Claremont, California, depicts placing visions of Japan’s numerous landscapes and altering seasons. From wealthy, inexperienced forests and majestic mountains to scenic waterways and sacred temples, these colourful woodblock prints, created by celebrated artists together with Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), will transport you.
Proceed on to the second half of the principle gallery, the place nature’s supernatural influences take middle stage, with artists’ depictions of forces that may be each benign and bountiful or indignant and harmful. Lots of the prints right here depict scenes from well-known Japanese folks tales or legends, that includes kami, yōkai, and lots of different beings, spirits, and demons in between. Immerse your self in Nature/Supernature and are available away with a deeper understanding of Japan’s singular pure atmosphere and a few of the historic beliefs that proceed to tell Japanese tradition at this time.
Discover the digital exhibition at japanhousela.com.
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