Woodblock Prints At U.Va. Art Museum Provide A Glimpse Into Japanese
Culture And History
November 7, 2003 --
WHAT: “The Moon Has No Home”:
Japanese Color Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the University
of Virginia Art Museum”
Saturday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, March 7
University of Virginia Art Museum 155 Rugby Road
color woodblock prints, often known as Ukiyo-e or pictures of
world, are among the most collected
genres of Japanese art in
both Japan and the United States. The University of Virginia Art Museum
possesses a striking collection of these prints dating from the
19th century. About
60 of the 300 prints in the museum’s collection will
be featured in an exhibition, “The
Moon Has No Home,” which opens on Saturday, Nov. 22, and runs through
Sunday, March 7.
artists of the late 18th and 19th centuries created work that
was intensely imaginative and innovative, responding to rapid
changes in Japanese
which eventually ended with the fall of the repressive Tokugawa regime.
They daringly broadened the range of traditional subject matter without
the beauty and poetry that was inherent in Ukiyo-e. The artists looked
back to the feudalistic period while incorporating modern sensibilities.
dismissed as decadent, the printmakers featured in the museum’s
collection and exhibition are now being re-evaluated and acclaimed for
exhibition is co-curated by Sandy Kita, assistant professor of
Japanese art history at the University of Maryland, College
Park, and Stephen
museum’s curator of works on paper. Essays by the curators are
featured in an illustrated catalog that accompanies the show.
title of the exhibition, “The Moon Has No Home,” comes
from a poem inscribed on a print by the artist Yoshitoshi, who
the final and culminating master of Ukiyo-e. From his landmark “One
Hundred Aspects of the Moon” series, the print depicts the
poet and nun Chiyo, who is best known for a poem in which she tells
decision to borrow a bucket of water
from a neighbor, her own having been ensnared overnight by morning
glories, whose summer beauty she wishes to leave intact. In Yoshitoshi’s
print, however, she is shown in autumn, transfixed over her fallen
bucket. The inscribed poem
is a kind of counter-poem and states that the poet has now dropped
her bucket and spilled its contents, so that “the moon has
no home in the water.”
will give a talk in the museum on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m.
conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will hold a symposium, “Japanese
Color Woodblock Prints,” on Feb. 6-7.
exhibition was made possible with support from the C. Rhodes
and Leona B. Carpenter
Foundation, the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation,
the Arts Enhancement Fund of the Provost’s Office, the
Rare Books School at U.Va., and private contributors, including
Virginia and Raj Paul, Kendon Stubbs
and Balfour Halevy.
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from, 1 to 5 p.m.
details about the exhibition or lecture, call the U.Va. Art Museum
(434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.
available for use by the media are available at http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/Exhibitions/Japanese/2002.22.tif.
If you have difficulty downloading the image contact Jane Ford, (434)
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298