The Art History of Bishojo - Beautiful Girls

Aomori Museum of Art

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The motif of the beautiful girl appears through art, manga, animation, film, literature and the performing arts as a particular feature of contemporary Japanese culture. The concept / image of the “girl” was born in the modern era with the establishment of the schooling system and the recognition of female students, along with the flourishing popularity of girls’ magazines at the beginning of the 20th century. But even before such times young girls featured frequently in works of art, here traced through the genres of the Edo era’s Bijinga and evolved to the “Beautiful Girl” image through a variety of everyday media, offering reflections upon what such an image has come to encapsulate for the population of Japan. From the “flowers” of Edo, to modern bijinga, to lyrical illustrations of young girls to the post-war explosion of manga, anime and characters, to the diverse interpretations of the girl found in contemporary art today, 300 works from 110 artists seek out the very meaning of “girl”.

Particiapting Artists: Chiho Aoshima, Fujio Akatsuka, Maki Asai, Keiko Ajito, Hideo Azuma, Ikuma Arishima, Toshio Arimoto, Shoen Ikeda, Kenichiro Ishiguro, Akiko Idichi, Hikozo Ito, Uozuki, U35, Enuto, Chikatoshi Enomoto, O JUN, ob, Yuki Oshima, Masako Okamura, Taiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Okamoto, Hanko Kajita, Masawo Kato, Mika Kato, Kuniyoshi Kaneko, Kiyokata Kaburaki, Kashu Kikuchi, Keigetsu Kikuchi, Utamaro Kitagawa, Eigetsu Kitazawa, Ietsu Kitano, Tsunetomi Kitano, Kimera, Makiko Kudo, Mikiko Kumazawa, Masanori, Kuroda, KEI, Eisen Keisen, Ryohei Isobe, Kunimasa Utagawa, Zenshiro Kodate, Sakurabuncho, Seien Shima, Takako Shimura, Yukihiko Shimotori, ZiR, Harunobu Suzuki, Shigeru Sudo, Hosui Takagi, Masakatsu Takagi, Akemi Takada, Aya Takano, Shin Takahashi, Makoto Takahashi, Yumeji Takehisa, Yumiko Tabuchi, Shigeru Tsukamoto, Sadao Tsubaki, Osamu Tezuka, Tokyomononoke Seiji Togo, Takumi Torigoe, Rune Naito, Rosetsu Nagasawa, Jyunichi Nakahara, Nanami, Noboru Hasegawa, pprTento, Takeji Fujishima, Kizora Hoshino, Mr., Ado Mizumori, Takato Yamamoto, yuma, Shimon Yotsuya, Hiroshi Watanabe

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from July 12, 2014 to September 07, 2014

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