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Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Event Start DateSaturday, February 26, 2011 – Sunday, June 5, 2011
Founders Hall, University of San Diego
CostCost: Free
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“Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints”
From The San Diego Museum of Art
February 26 to June 5, 2011
Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Galleries
Founders Hall, University of San Diego

Organized by The San Diego Museum of Art, this landmark exhibition unveils prime examples of Japanese print treasures drawn from the museum’s rarely seen collection.

Spanning the history of Ukiyo-e and beyond from the 17th to 20th century, the exhibition will be arranged thematically within a chronological framework and will include important works by Japan’s most celebrated print artists. A unique collaboration between the museum and the University of San Diego will allow these masterworks to be on display in unprecedented scope at both institutions concurrently.

Following USD’s display of Utagawa Hiroshige’s “Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provinces,” a second rotation of artwork will exhibit the visually thrilling prints of the Meiji period and a series of Yokohama-e woodblocks. “Histories and Legends,” a selection of prints from the Meiji period, explores the country’s nostalgia for the heroic figures, historic triumphs, and rousing epics of the past. The Yokohama-e prints, a newer genre of Ukiyo-e woodblock printing tradition, convey artistic curiosity with foreigners at a moment when the Yokohama port was first opened to the West. Highlights from this body of work include panoramic depictions of the port city of Yokohama, San Diego’s sister city in the East.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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