“Super Ukiyo-e: The Edo Code” has been held in Kayabacho in Tokyo until May 21. It is a unique exhibition of digitized Ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) that takes the visitors to the old city of Edo (present Tokyo) through the art. (This exhibition will not feature a display of woodblock prints.)
Around 20,000 Ukiyo-e prints by master artists have been digitized and converted into 3D art using the latest technologies. The art pieces are from the Spaulding Collection, known as the world’s top Ukiyo-e collection, as well as from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“This is a new form of digital art exhibition aimed to revive Ukiyo-e as entertainment as well as its intriguing nature as a form of media, under the concept of ‘getting absorbed in it’ rather than just ‘viewing it.’ “
(Official Website of Super Ukiyoe: “THE EDO CODE”)
As Ukiyo-e portrayed the latest trends, gossips, and news in the Edo period(1603-1868) just like our TV or internet today, Ukiyo-e tells a lot about the lives of the ordinary people and their culture including fashion and food back in those days.
However, Ukiyo-e doesn’t show “everything” to the viewers. They contain many “secrets” or “codes” embedded by the artists during a time of censorship. This exhibition challenges to “digitally decode” those codes hidden within Ukiyo-e.
Saturday, January 28 – Sunday, May 21, 2017
FRI/SAT/the day before national holidays: 10:00AM-11:00PM
SUN/national holidays: 10:00AM-7:00PM
※ The door closes one hour prior to the closing times.
Nihonbashi kayabacho “special meeting place”
Kayabacho 1Chome Heiwa Building
1-8-1 Kayabacho Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
1 min walk from [Kayabacho Station] Exit6 on Tozai line or Hibiya line
At the door
Child: 1000JPY (3 year-old to middle school students)