"Beauty of Woodblock Prints and Stone Rubbings" Exhibition

Japan Folk-Craft Museum

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Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) collected many works produced by nameless artisans. These items, which are today of irreplaceable value, were used by the ordinary people in their everyday lives.

In this exhibition, you can enjoy the unpretentious beauty of Yanagi's collection of woodblock prints and stone rubbings. These works, produced in a great quantity by copying techniques, were available to the people for very little cost. The exhibit includes Yanagi's collection of religious prints and amulets that were available to the people at shrines and temples during the Edo period, and stone rubbings with images of Buddha, and other monuments from the Han period (1st~2nd C.) through the Six Dynasties Period (3rd~6th C.).

In modern history, many different kinds of religious prints were produced. Due to the popularity of Ukiyo-e, however, these humble looking prints were largely overlooked in the 20th century Japan. Yet the solemn and mysterious expressions of these pieces manifest a rich world in the history of Japanese prints.

The technique of stone rubbing dates back to 1st century China. It is known that Chinese characters from this period were written in powerful manner. Works shown in this exhibition present transfered letters on paper, which were originally inscribed on stone monuments. that were washed in wind and snow over generations. These works were created based on these letters that were washed in the wind and snow over generations, revealing anew work of beauty. The Japan Folk-Craft Museum hopes that you will enjoy the beauty of these prints and rubbings which Yanagi loved and deeply valued.

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From 2008-01-06 To 2008-03-23

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