Super Ukiyo-e – The Edo Code
Serving as a beginner’s guide to Ukiyo-e woodblock printing, this art exhibition aims to “digitally decode the many secrets hidden within Ukiyo-e.” The Japanese art form was popular during the Edo period, and it would often express popular culture through its images – for example, prints might feature Kabuki stars or Oiran (courtesans), with hidden (and often witty) cultural references embedded within the artwork. Since this was a time of censorship, the artists needed to cleverly disguise their hidden secrets, gossip, or satire.
Rather than simply displaying framed pieces of art on a wall, “Super Ukiyo-e – The Edo Code” showcases 3D pieces that have been enlarged and animated using new video technologies. You’ll get a feel for the old city of Edo (now Tokyo), the fashion trends of the time, and the lively atmosphere inside a Kabuki theater.
Opening hours: Weekdays 10am-9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am-11pm, Sundays & national holidays 10am-7pm (last entry one hour prior to closing time)
More info: superukiyoe.com