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Stars of the Tokyo Stage

Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints

 

Dates

19 July – 12 October 2014

Venue

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT

Tickets

FREE

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HIGHLIGHT
  • Live Kabuki performance
    Saturday 30 August | 3.00–4.30 pm
    Za Kabuki, perform the popular Kabuki drama Sukeroku and the cherry blossoms of Edo
    See Synopsis (PDF 1.3mb)
    Bookings essential, places limited.
    $15, $10 members/concession, $8 children (under 16)
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Image detail above:
Natori Shunsen
Ichikawa Sadanji II as Narukami in ‘Narukami’ 1926
from the series Collection of creative portraits by Shunsen
woodblock print
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2006

Gallery

Stars of the Tokyo stage: Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints reveals the dynamic world of Japan’s kabuki theatre through superb actor portraits created by artist Natori Shunsen (1886–1960) in the 1920s and 30s. A selection of spectacular kabuki robes further illustrates the extravagance of the theatrical form.

An inspiration to artists for centuries, kabuki draws on Japan’s rich folklore, literature and history, as well as violent, romantic and scandalous events, to present lavish dramatic performances. Kabuki actors – the movie stars of their day – were wildly popular for flamboyant portrayals, extraordinary characters and colourful personal lives. Shunsen’s prints provide a fascinating glimpse into this glamorous world, while demonstrating consummate mastery of traditional Japanese printmaking techniques.

Exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia collection, Stars of the Tokyo stage explores kabuki and modern Japanese printmaking in the context of the astounding changes taking place in Tokyo as the 20th century unfolded. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue and primary and secondary education resources.

Secondary education resource available here

Natori Shunsen
Ichikawa Sadanji II as Narukami in ‘Narukami’ 1926
from the series Collection of creative portraits by Shunsen
woodblock print National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Purchased 2006