Japanese Theatre Prints

By Rosina Buckland

Format: Multiple Formats

Exhibition catalogue giving highlights of National Museum Scotland's collection of nineteenth Japanese woodblock prints featuring kabuki performances - a combination of drama, dance, music, and acrobatics.

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National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing

NMS publishes a wide variety of books relating to history, culture, natural science etc and museum exhibitions.

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In nineteenth century Japan, woodblock prints were a cultural phenomenon, with thousands of designs issued annually. Prints were a cheap and colourful medium of entertainment, much like magazines and posters today. Kabuki is a unique combination of drama, dance, music, and acrobatics, still enthusiastically followed today. It is distinctive for its stylisation, lavish visual appearance, and intense kinetic energy. The plots concern tragic romances, feats of derring-do, and conflicts of loyalty, involving larger-than-life heroes, heroines, and villains. Whatever the story of the play, however, it was the actor above all that the audience came to see. Most of National Museums Scotland's magnificent collection of around 4,000 prints was acquired in the 1880s at the peak of the craze for Japanese art and design in Europe, and features the major artists of the time. This book features the highlights of the exhibition opening at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, October 2013.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing
Publication Date 28 Oct 2013
SKU 9781905267842-grouped
Number of Pages 144

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