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Journey on the road to Kisokaidō. From Hiroshige to Kuniyoshi

75 min visit

Musée Cernuschi
19 May → 8 Aug 2021
From Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday.

« Embark on the road of Japanese art, direction the road to Kisokaidō and the etchings of masters »

It's time to embark on a long and beautiful journey, direction the road to Kisokaidō in Japan! At the time of Tokugawa (1603-1868), the Kisokaidō linked Edo (now Tōkyō), where the shogun had his residence, to Kyōto, the seat of the emperor. It was a sixty-nine stage route, crossing the mountainous interior and opening a passage that was at once picturesque, steep and spectacular. From 1835 and in just twenty years, a rich iconography on the subject emerged: for its reopening, the Cernuschi Museum displays an impressive panorama of it. Unveiling a new part of its collection and with the support of the Georges Leskowicz collection, it proposes to travel this mythical route, punctuated by nearly one hundred and fifty Japanese etchings and remarkable objects: armour, calligraphy boxes, katana, picnic kits.The series of the Sixty-nine Relays of the Road of Kisokaidō by the great masters of etchings Eisen and Hiroshige is completed by the more humorous and literary vision of Kuniyoshi. The exhibition is enriched with video tools that enable visitors to understand the context of the works, what they represent and the creation of an etching. An opportunity to take a beautiful journey through Japanese art!


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