You are invited to join us in-person for three consecutive days of ukiyo-e related events!
In-person Film Screening
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 7:00 PM (ET)
Doors open at 6:30 PM
A journey of discovery into how a Canadian craftsman and an American designer, with a father and son generation gap, team up to revive the ancient art of Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) by juxtaposing traditional art with pop culture icons such as Super Mario and Pokémon.
A Canadian craftsman, David Bull, has become one of the leading ukiyo-e artists in Japan. He gave up everything to come to Tokyo 30 years ago to learn the ancient craft from scratch. David teamed up with a young American illustrator and a video game nerd, Jed Henry, to revolutionize the business for global Asian art collectors and fans of Japanese games and pop culture. This became the Ukiyo-e Heroes project. You can view Ukiyoe Heroes’ works here.
In-person talk event
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (ET)
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Coinciding with the exhibition Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku” with Originals from the Royal Ontario Museum, Program Officer Toshi Aoyagi will give an in-depth expert look at select prints from the current exhibition, with a focus on the visual theme of boats as they appear in rivers, canals, and Edo Bay.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 11:30 AM – 4:30 PM (ET)
“Edo Hyaku”, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo 名所江戸百景 (Meisho Edo Hyakkei) is a series of over one hundred woodblock prints designed by Hiroshige (1797–1858) , which began to be published in 1856 and was completed in 1859 after Hiroshige’s death.
In addition to over twenty original pieces on loan from the ROM in each period, we have reproductions, which some people rather call re-conceived prints. These non-originals are not offset prints from photography, but are re-carved and hand-printed in the traditional method based on historical research. The current exhibition which focuses on the theme of Boats and Bridges will soon end on December 17, with December 3 being the second-to-last Saturday opening. Catch this exhibition before it’s gone!