30th Anniversary of the Yokohama Museum of Art / 160th Anniversary of the Opening of Yokohama Port “Following the Path of Commodore Perry’s Arrival through Images”

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[Image: Attributed to Peter Bernhard Wilhelm Heine "Commodore Perry Coming Ashore at Yokohama" (circa 1854) Oil on canvas 53.3 × 80.5cm Yokohama Museum of Art (donated by Noriyuki and Etsuko Hara)]

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“Commodore Perry Coming Ashore at Yokohama” is a painting of the arrival of the American squadron to a small village of Yokohama on March 8th, 1854. The image captures the historical moment of the arrival of Commodore Perry that eventually led to the opening of Yokohama Port. This painting will be the centerpiece of the exhibition that will illustrate the story of how Yokohama became an international city.

This painting, depicting the event of March 8th, 1854, is attributed to Peter Bernhard Wilhelm Heine, who accompanied Commodore Perry on his expedition to Japan, during which time he sketched and painted numerous images. Together with photographer Eliphalet Brown Jr., Heine was the main illustrator of the expedition’s official narrative : “Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan : performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the Government of the United States.”

At the time of Perry’s arrival, painting was the main recording medium. This exhibition will show how visual media such as painting, photography, and lithographic print interacted with each other to narrate and represent Perry’s expedition to Japan.

Venue: Art Gallery 1

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from September 21, 2019 to November 10, 2019

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