Traditional Japanese Martial Arts for Adults
New Ukiyo-e Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibit
at CU Boulder Art Museum
An Aikido student from Castle Rock AIKIDO recently stumbled upon an advertisement in 5280 magazine about a new Japanese art exhibit. The Colorado University at Boulder Art Museum, located at 1085 18th Street in Boulder, is presently exhibiting a new collection called "From Cherry Blossoms to Snow Gardens: The Floating World of Japanese Prints." The genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings are called 'UKIYO-E' and were produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. UKIYO-E is the main artistic genre of woodblock printing in Japan.
This exhibit features prints from the 17th century including those of well-known UKIYO-E artists, KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI and UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE. The exhibit is open through March 23rd and it's free!
This collection contains 50 UKIYO-E pieces, the largest I've ever seen in a single exhibit. Ten pieces were from the 20th century, specifically the SHIN GA movement, which began around 1915. The remaining 40 were primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries. Of them 22 were by artist, HIROSHIGE, whom is certainly one of my favorites. There are also two very powerful pieces by UTAGAWA KUNIYOSHI illustrating the legendary 47 RONIN story about loyalty and honor. This exhibit is a must see if you appreciate UKIYO-E art!
If this exhibit isn't enough for you there are another 12 or so very martial examples of UKIYO-E on permanent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum on the 5th floor in the Japan section.