Dreams & Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints from The San Diego Museum of Art--Catalogue of the First Rotation (November 6, 2010 - February 13, 2011)
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Dreams & Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints from The San Diego Museum of Art
November 06, 2010-June 05, 2011
This landmark exhibition, on view at both the San Diego Museum of Art and the University of San Diego, 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 and includes important works by Japan’s most celebrated print artists, including Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.

During a time of peace and isolation between 1603 and 1868, a new art form arose in Japan: Ukiyo-e. Derived from the Buddhist term for the impermanent world (yo) of everyday life that inevitably “floats” (uki) away, Ukiyo-e refers to woodblock prints and paintings that depict the people and places associated with the pleasures of this world. The woodblock prints were popular among the burgeoning merchant classes of the cosmopolitan metropolis of Edo, now Tokyo.
Here showcased for the first time are highlights from The San Diego Museum of Art’s collection of Ukiyo-e prints, assembled since 1927.



This exhibition has been curated by Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, Ph.D., Curator of Asian Art at The San Diego Museum of Art with Hiroko Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History at San Diego State University; Howard A. Link, Ph.D., Senior Curator of Asian Art, Emeritus, Honolulu Academy of Arts; and Andreas Marks, Ph.D., Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

Dreams & Diversions is presented in two rotations; the first is on view from November 6, 2010 through February 13, 2011. A new selection of prints in the second rotation are on view from February 26 through June 5, 2011.

Additional sections of this exhibition are on display concurrently in the Robert and Karen Hoehn Print Galleries of the University of San Diego.




Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints at The San Diego Museum of Art on view at The San Diego Museum of Art and the Robert and Karen Hoehn Family Print Galleries, University of San Diego, is generously supported by Gordon J. Brodfuehrer, Mary Ann and Arnold Ginnow, Maurice Kawashima, Junko Koike, The Japan Foundation, Union Bank, The San Diego Museum of Art’s Asian Arts Council, and the Georges and Germaine Fusenot Charity Foundation in honor of Trustee Patricia H. Stone, Trustee Viveca S. Berry, and Captain Troy E. Stone.

Additional funding comes from Captain George B. Powell, Jr., the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program, and members of The San Diego Museum of Art. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
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