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Giappone. Terra di geisha e samurai (Treviso)
March 19 @ 08:00 - June 30 @ 17:00
The exhibition “Japan: land of geisha and samurai”, produced by Artika, will be open from April 4 to June 30, 2019 with the collaboration of the Cassamarca Foundation and the patronage of the City of Treviso.
The opening of the exhibition could only be dedicated to the pair Geisha and Samurai. Traditional Japan is in fact a country populated by beautiful women, the geisha, and daring warriors, the samurai. The military class dominated the country of the Rising Sun for a very long time, from the 12th to the middle of the 19th century, imposing its own political will and elaborating a very refined culture whose echo can still be felt today in many areas.
The geisha, or more generally the feminine beauty as we understand it (oval face sprinkled with white powder, elegant clothes and cadenced ways), has represented for Japan a cultural topos equally rooted, from the highly cultured court ladies of the Heian period (794-1185) to the courtesans who lived between the 17th and 19th centuries, so well immortalised by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), the painter who better than anyone else has restored the liveliness of the districts of the pleasures of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
This fascinating approach to Japanese art and culture continues, introducing the everyday life of its people: from entertainment activities such as the Kabuki theatre, to the use of the kimono and the preference of Japanese artists for micro-sculpture.
The highlight of the great exhibition is reserved for the relationship between the Japanese and nature, which in Shintoism, the indigenous philosophical and religious doctrine of the archipelago, is an expression of divinity. This privileged relationship with Nature is investigated here through a series of paintings on vertical scrolls, some of which were made between the XIX and XX centuries, at the dawn of modern Japan.