Tales of the Beings · 今昔物語

October 2020, Den Haag, the Netherlands

Tales of the Beings, an independent mini-exhibition represented by our carefully assembled collection of Japanese woodblock prints. The idea of ukiyo-e, the most well-known name of this form of art, translates into ‘paintings of the floating world.’ Hence, our exhibition provided an extensive insight into daily life back in time, in the form of building a visualized world with fine prints in layered stories. Looking through this kaleidoscope of colors and lines, you would find yourself immersed in the Japanese society from the Edo Era to the Pre-WWII times.

The exhibition was consisted of 2 themed parts, 歳時記: Year-time chronicle and 当世風: The floating world. The first part, Year-time chronicle, presented a reoccurring circulation of time throughout a year, with symbols associated with the four seasons. Then, in the part of The floating world, we revealed the traditional pastime of 18 to 20th century Japan, by exposing figurative scenes from to theatre arts, moreover, to the extent of significant historical events (i.e. the Meiji Restoration). Each part of the exhibition would be divided into more sub-sections, demonstrating a variety of original works made by over 15 famous Japanese artists.

A digital version of the exhibition calatogue will be available for download soon.

A glance into the floating world.