Edo Pop

illustration of a man with tattoos on his arms in traditional Japanese clothes

'Fire Brigade Standard Bearer' 1871, Utagawa Kunichika. Collection: Frank Milner

Japanese prints 

26 May to 24 September 2017

This intriguing exhibition features a series of colourful Ukiyo-e wood block prints depicting the contemporary culture of 19th century Japan.

On loan from local collector Frank Milner, the exhibition features 50 prints brimming with urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains.

The lively, colourful prints were 'mass produced' by hand and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo's (now Tokyo) pop culture. The exhibition reveals the skill of leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, the last great master of the Kabuki actor print.  

Detail from Edo Pop print

'Beauty with a kabuki theatre programme' 1852, Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Collection: Frank Milner

Edo Pop print men wrestling

'Grand Sumo Champion Shiranui in combat' 1857, Utagawa Kunisada. Collection: Frank Milner