Fleeting, Mysterious, Beautiful – Taisho Imagerie

Sakura City Museum of Art

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What did people dream of 100 years ago? “Imagerie,” the French word for image iconography, refers to popular reproduced images seen in book covers and illustrations, posters, postcards, advertisements, manga, and photographs. In Japan, a new popular culture flourished between the Meiji Restoration, when the country modernized and Westernized, into the Taisho and early Showa eras. A wide variety of printed images came about as the publishing world prospered with the development of mass media and revolutions in printing technology. The poetic worlds of girls and children portrayed by artists such as Yumeji Takehisa, Kasho Takabatake, and Takeo Takei, the elegant art deco forms of Takeji Fujishima and Hisui Sugiura, and the mysterious and dazzling designs of Niou Mizushima and Sayume Tachibana delighted people of these eras with their freshness. This exhibition focuses on the imagerie of the Taisho era and surrounding periods as standard-bearers of popular culture. Works that shine brightly even today are featured. Additionally, works by Chu Asai, an artist who bridged the gap between Meiji design and Taisho imagerie, and crafts based on his designs, are presented along with the work of Nobuo Moriya, a furniture designer whose work represented Taisho imagerie.

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from August 01, 2020 to September 22, 2020

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