An Exclusive Talk for Members of the Ashmolean
For those attending in person, the talk is in the Museum's Headley Lecture Theatre
Tea, coffee and cake will be served from 3pm
The online event will be held on Zoom
With exhibition curator Clare Pollard
This talk will introduce the striking prints of contemporary Japanese print artist Takahashi Hiromitsu (b. 1959), currently the focus of our free Kabuki Legends exhibition.
Hiromitsu’s work depicts iconic scenes from the kabuki theatre, in which performers wearing elaborate costumes and make-up use stylised movement and song to enact melodramatic stories about love, loyalty and the clash between duty and emotion.
Hiromitsu’s prints evoke Japan’s traditional ukiyo-e woodblock actor prints in theme and composition, but are made using the very different kappazuri ‘stencil printing’ technique, originally used for dyeing kimono. This process is complex and labour-intensive and Hiromitsu is one of very few artists working in this way today. Dr Pollard will present the stories and techniques behind the prints, and explain how the Ashmolean came to have its own extensive Hiromitsu collection thanks to museum supporter Philip Harris.
The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom for those not able to attend in person.
Tickets are £15 in-person and £10 online. Tickets are only available to Ashmolean Members
This talk will take place in the Ashmolean's Lecture Theatre (in-person) and on Zoom (online)
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