Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London

Event location:
The British Museum, Great Russell Street
When:Event passed!
It was on
Thu 3rd Oct 2013 to
Sun 5th Jan 2014

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Where:British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Daily: 10.00 – 17.30 Fridays: 10:00 - 20.30
Admission:Adults: £7
16-18yrs: £5
Child: free
Members: free
Picture of Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

About the event

Discover Japanese prints, paintings and drawings like no other.

Produced from 1600 to 1900 and banned in Japan for much of the 20th century, these explicit and beautifully detailed erotic paintings, prints and books inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, Rodin and Picasso.

Mostly created by the artists of the ukiyo-e or ‘floating world’ school, these popular works were known as shunga, - literally ‘spring pictures’. They appealed to all classes in Japan for almost 300 years, and to men and women alike. Frequently tender and humorous, they celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms in brilliantly coloured paintings and prints, culminating with beautiful and explicit works by iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada.

Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. The exhibition sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history.

Official Link: http://www.britishmuseum.org



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