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The first floor of the CentroCentro cultural space is hosting an exhibition from 22 September to 30 January that brings together more than 200 ukiyo-e works, Japanese floating paintings, which can be seen in Madrid for the first time thanks to two of the world’s most prestigious collections.
The exhibition is produced and organised by Evolucionarte and is curated by Pietro Gobbi and Enzo Bartolone, great scholars and collectors of Japanese art. It is divided into ten sections which address themes like the female world of geishas, samurai warriors, the birth of ukiyo-e, the erotic shunga prints, portraits of actors and scenes from Nō and Kabuki theatre, and nature through flowers, birds and landscapes.
Furthermore, illustrations by prestigious artists, such as Hiroshige, Utamaro, Hokusai or Kuniyoshi will stand out. On the other hand, the exhibition is rounded off by portraying Japanese life in the 19th century through other artistic elements, such as samurai armour, kimonos, fans and photographs.
Ukiyo-e is an art style based on woodblock printing which was typically made in Japan between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was introduced to the Land of the Rising Sun during the Han dynasty of China and its production was extremely popular until the Edo period, an era spanning from 1603 to 1868.
The most common images that were immortalised include landscapes, scenes from daily life at home and portrayals of women, mainly geishas and courtesans. Its name literally means floating world and refers to an idea of happiness based on the fleetingness of life.