Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto
16 April @ 10:00 am - 17 October @ 7:00 pm
This Asian Civilisations Museum exhibition explores Japanese art and culture through two mediums — woodblock prints and photography. The woodblock prints section looks at lifestyles and trends of Edo period Japan. Meanwhile, the photography explores the nature and architecture of Kyoto today. It also captures the vanishing traditions of the geisha community through the lens of Singaporean photographer Russel Wong.
The exhibition plays on the notion of duality: past and present, print and photography, Edo (today’s Tokyo) and Kyoto (the old capital). Ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s woodblock print of a morning scene at Nihonbashi is juxtaposed with Russel Wong’s photograph of the Sanjō Bridge.
From 19 July onwards, the current displays will be replaced by a whole new selection of prints in phases. The installation of this new set will be completed by 26 July.
Also, visitors to the museum will be able to purchase copies of the exhibition catalogue at S$75. The book contains reproductions of all 147 woodblock prints and 10 scroll paintings showcased in the show. In addition, there are 40 photographs of historical sites and geisha life in Kyoto by Russel Wong.