Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan

Sat 7 Mar 2020 — Sun 16 Aug 2020

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Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan

Sat 7 Mar 2020 — Sun 16 Aug 2020

Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan includes more than 70 paintings sourced from private art collections. Including delicate silk paintings, precious scrolls, folding screens and vibrant woodblock prints, this exhibition explores the wonder, mystery and enduring popularity of art from this period.

The exhibition presents a captivating introduction to the characters, places and pastimes of a flourishing era during Japan’s more-than 250 years of self-imposed isolation from the world. See life as it was captured by the most popular artists of the period, including Katsushika Hokusai, Andō Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro and Keisai Eisen. There are iconic depictions of popular and seasonal landmarks, including rare paintings of snow-capped Mount Fuji, waterfalls, rivers and blossoming trees. Visitors will also be introduced to the symbolic world of animals and to the imaginary realms of myth and legend, inhabited by dragons and fantastic beings.
 
Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan will also demonstrate the enduring influence of Edo-period art through the inclusion of two digital artworks from celebrated contemporary artist Tabaimo and renowned international art collective teamLab. Using 21-st century technologies, both animate and bring to life the mysterious beauty of the Floating World evoked in woodblock prints and golden screens.
 
Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan has been curated by Japanese scholar, Rossella Menegazzo (Università degli Studi di Milano Statale), in collaboration with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki curators, and is organised by MondoMostre, Italy.

Tickets

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Single exhibition entry (valid on any single day between Sat 13 Jun – Sun 16 Aug 2020): Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan

Adults $19

Cconcessions $16
(Community Services Card holders, Seniors, Students with ID.)

Joint exhibition entry (valid on any single day between Sat 13 Jun – Sun 13 Aug 2020):  Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan AND Civilisation, Photography, Now.

Adults $29

Concessions $23
(Community Services Card holders, Seniors, Students with ID.)

How to book

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On the day
You can also buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Sat 13 Jun – Sun 16 Aug 2020) from the Gallery's information desk on Ground level. 

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Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price.

There is no entry charge for children aged 12 or under. (All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)

Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE:

  • Present your membership card at the information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition.
  • Members with a guest pass may also bring their guest for FREE.
  • Become a Member on the day of your visit to Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan to receive a refund of the price of your exhibition ticket.

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Events

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SOLD OUT Kintsugi workshop
SOLD OUT Kintsugi workshop

10.30am–1pm & 2pm–4pm

Members $125, Non-Members $185 (includes a Membership) Book now

Kintsugi (or Kintsukuroi) is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects. Loosely translating to ‘golden joinery’, kintsugi values breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, using lacquer and powdered metal to make visible repairs.

SOLD OUT Kintsugi workshop

10.30am–1pm & 2pm–4pm

Members $125, Non-Members $185 (includes a Membership) Book now

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SOLD OUT Japonism in Fashion lecture: 1930s to the present day
SOLD OUT Japonism in Fashion lecture: 1930s to the present day

5.30pm–6.45pm

Members $15, non-Members $20 Book now

In 2003, textile and dress historian Angela Lassig brought the exhibition Japonism in Fashion, initiated and developed by the Kyoto Costume Institute in 1989, to Te Papa Tongarewa and Christchurch Art Gallery. Now she will give two lectures on this topic as part of our events programme for the exhibition Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan.

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Japonism in Fashion lecture: 1860s to 1930s
Japonism in Fashion lecture: 1860s to 1930s

5.30pm–6.45pm

Members $15, non-Members $20 Book now

In 2003, textile and dress historian Angela Lassig brought the exhibition Japonism in Fashion, initiated and developed by the Kyoto Costume Institute in 1989, to Te Papa Tongarewa and Christchurch Art Gallery. Now she will give two lectures on this topic as part of our events programme for the exhibition Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan.

Japonism in Fashion lecture: 1860s to 1930s

5.30pm–6.45pm

Members $15, non-Members $20 Book now

Virtual tour

Welcome to the Enchanted World of Japanese Art

Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan is the first exhibition of original paintings by the leading artists and schools of the Edo period to be held in New Zealand. Over 70 exquisite paintings on hanging scrolls and three beautifully painted folding screens illustrate the key themes and artistic developments of the wonderful world of ukiyo-e (art of the Floating World).

Within weeks of this exhibition’s opening, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki suspended public activities as part of New Zealand’s national response to the Covid-19 crisis. Since then, this virtual tour has been created to make accessible the exceptional beauty and richness of this exhibition despite the Gallery’s doors being closed. We’re delighted to invite you to walk through Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan and experience the exquisite art of the Floating World.

We would like to thank our exhibition partners, lenders, and local and international supporters for making this exhibition possible. We would especially like to acknowledge the expertise of the principal curator, Dr Rossella Menegazzo, who worked with our curators to bring this fascinating subject to life.

Kirsten Paisley, Director
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
 

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Explore online

Choose between three different virtual tour experiences: a family tour with fun facts and art-making activities; a curator’s highlight tour that covers insights and stories on the Edo-period; or an in-depth exhibition experience with extended artwork labels.

Use the navigation tools to virtually “walk” through the exhibition or click on any room in the interactive map to instantly move across gallery spaces.

Enjoy the immersive soundtrack by local artist, Christoph El' Truento while you explore hi-resolution digital images offering close-up views of the intricate, hand-painted details of over 70 exquisite and rare artworks. New features are coming soon including Te Reo Māori translations and audio tours.

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Family tour
 

Look out for the icon above to go on a journey through Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and Art of Edo Japan. Find out about the magic worlds and stories of animals, landscapes, myths and legends, and talk about your ideas together.

Ask whoever is at home with you to help. You’ll find lots to explore and fun activities to try along the way!

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Curator tour
 

Look out for the icon above to reveal artwork details and key exhibition themes selected by the curators of Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan.

Transport yourself to the Edo period (1603–1868) in Japan and discover the art of the Floating World (ukiyo-e) at its finest. Anyone can participate in this self-guided curator tour where you will find many exhibition highlights and untold stories that span across poetry, music, theatre, fashion and the visual arts.

 

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Extras

Learn

On the occasion of this exhibition, the Gallery has published the e-publication, Reflections on the Floating World

Click below to download this e-publication online.
 
 
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Read more

We’ve created two reading lists connecting you to further resources on Edo-period Japan, its art and its artists.

 

Download the PDFs to discover recommendations for books to read and for links to e-publications and videos by experts from around the world.

Enchanted Worlds reading list - books 228.56kB pdf file
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Enchanted Worlds reading list - e-publications and videos 228.34kB pdf file
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Shop

We’ve updated our online shop with an exciting range of Japanese-made and Japan-inspired products in celebration of Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan.

 

Every purchase you make goes towards supporting the Gallery's work to connect art with people. Visit our online shop to check out the full range.

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