Kabuki Performance and Expression in Japanese Prints

Kabuki Performance and Expression in Japanese PrintsJuly 8 – December 23, 2016

Continuing the Museum’s series on Japanese color woodblock prints, this exhibition explores the popular art of Kabuki theater in the nineteenth century. Now considered classical Japanese drama, Kabuki was an avant-garde and subversive form of theater that challenged social customs and governmental authority. The prints in this exhibition depict famous actors and scenes from plays beloved by Japanese audiences.


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