Asian Civilisations Museum extends Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto exhibition, with updates to its rotation schedule
Exhibition explores Japanese culture and traditions through woodblock prints and photography
Make a Wish. Image courtesy of Nakau Collection
(July 31, 2021, Singapore) The Asian Civilisations Museum’s (ACM) ongoing Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto special exhibition will be extended until 17 October 2021. The exhibition, presented in collaboration with Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong, explores Japanese culture and traditions through woodblock prints and photography.
Kagai life in Miyagawa-cho. Kyoto, Higashiyama ward, 2010. Archival pigment print on photo rag. Photo courtesy of Russel Wong
The 75+ woodblock prints and paintings currently on display at the Life in Edo section will be replaced by a whole new selection of prints, starting in phases from 19 July. The installation of this completely new set of 75+ prints was completed 26 July.
The second display of woodblock prints will feature works from the great masters, including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and more, which show lifestyles and trends of the Edo period. Hiroshige’s woodblock print of the Sanjō Bridge in Kyoto from his Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road series will replace the print currently on display in the exhibition’s contemplative space, where it will be juxtaposed with Russel Wong’s photograph of that same bridge in its current form.
Visitors to the museum will be able to purchase copies of the exhibition catalogue, Life in Edo x Russel Wong in Kyoto, at S$75. The book contains reproductions in full colour of all 147 woodblock prints and 10 scroll paintings displayed in the show, as well as the 40 photographs of historical sites and geisha life in Kyoto by Russel Wong. Three short essays and detailed descriptions of each Japanese print make the book a perfect way to enjoy a vicarious trip to Japan.
Geiko Sayaka. Kyoto, 2014. Large format, combining 4 x 4 prints in ōban size. Archival pigment print on photo rag. Photo courtesy of Russel Wong trip to Japan.
Admission charges to the exhibition apply.
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