This winter Japan Museum SieboldHuis will showcase ‘Kunisada. Elegant Geishas, Spirited Actors’, a two-part exhibition featuring a unique selection of prints by this versatile and widely acclaimed 19th century print artist. This comprehensive overview of Utagawa Kunisada’s works is a European premiere for Japan Museum SieboldHuis.
The exhibition is divided into two parts, both providing ample opportunity to experience Kunisada’s artistic development. Characteristic of his early works are his use of soft natural colours and peaceful compositions. In his later works his colours became brighter and more intense and his compositions more complex.
Part I : 9 December 2016 – 22 January 2017 (Kunisada;’s Masterpieces from 1805-1828)
Part II : 24 January 2017 – 5 March 2017 (Kunisada’s Masterpieces from 1829 – 1865)
Running concurrently to the exhibition is a presentation of 14 photographic works by Casper Faassen: ‘Fleeting Images’ which illustrate the transience of worldly existence. Inspired by the multifaceted world of printmaking, Faassen’s creations consist of various layers of photography and painting. The fine pattern of ‘cracking’ added to illustrate the passing of time, emphasises the contrast between beauty and decay. Appearing and disappearing form the theme in this series in which the transience of art and photography is immortalised.