"Maidens' Icons" Exhibition

Yayoi Museum

This event has ended.

The Yayoi Museum houses a lot of shojo-ga (illustrations depicting girls), also known as lyric illustration, by various artists including Kasho Takabatake, Koji Fukiya, Masao Kato and Junichi Nakahara. Shojo-ga, which served as illustrations for girls' magazines during the Taisho and the early Showa periods, held a special allure for young women of the time, and were even worshipped as paragons of beauty, with an intensity usually reserved for religious icons like the Virgin Mary.
With their large, teary eyes and lovely petal-like lips, these girls look fragile and dainty, at times glamorous. They continue to evoke a special glamor for stylish young women today.
This exhibition introduces the appeal of these shojo-ga, a genre that began to flourish with the work of Yumeji Takehisa.
The exhibition also attempts to analyze each work in terms of iconography, and in doing so, sheds light on these works by examining in parallel the social and cultural context of the time.

Related events
-Gallery Talk: August 10th (Sun) 14:00-

-Talk Show & Autograph Session by Minori Kai
Date & Time: August 23rd (Sat) 18:00-20:00
Location: Yayoi Museum 1F Exhibition Room
Fee: ¥500
*Reservation required. Please make a reservation by phone and pay the fee at the museum itself. A numbered ticket will be distributed then.



From 2008-07-04 To 2008-09-28


Yumeji Takehisa et al.



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