The exhibited engravings works events, ceremonies and activities from the Shogun’s Court in the capital city of Edo (Tokyo today), from a period preceding the Meiji epoch.
An exhibition which includes a selection of works belonging to the Japanese engraver Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912) was opened at the National Museum of Art of Romania (MNAR), the Oriental Art section.
Under the general heading “Trip to the Shogun Court. Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912). Japanese engravings from Meijio epoch,” the exhibition presents as a first to the Bucharest public, the engravings which represent a famous series called “Chiyoda no on-omote” (Scenes from outside Chiyoda Palace), issued in 1897, except for a few pieces included in 2002 into a Japanese decorative art exhibition. The exhibited engravings illustrate events, ceremonies and activities from the Shogun’s Court in the capital city of Edo (Tokyo today), from a period preceding the Meiji epoch. MNAR preserves in its collections 30 of the 32 triptychs of the series, and the diptych on which the content is impressed. Each triptych consists of three separate oban tate-e pages (the standard page, vertically). The works are made in the nishiki-e technique (brocade images), of polychrome printing in China ink and water colours. Noticing that Toyohara Chikanobu was a contemporary of Nicolae Grigorescu, the Ambassador of Japan to Bucharest, Kinji Tsuhima, said that the artist evokes an epoch full of nostalgia from the history of the Sunrise Country. The diplomat also noted the modernity of the engraver’s style.
The exhibition will be opened in Kretzulescu halls of the museum until September 3.