Civil Engineering in Edo

2020, October 10th-November 8th

Will be closed on October 12, 19, 26, November 2.

Civil Engineering of Edo through ukiyo-e

In recent years, large-scale redevelopment in the main areas have called attention in Tokyo. At the same time, civil engineering itself has become a popular genre to be studied as a hobby. There are increasing number of books and magazine articles featuring bridges, dams, rivers, and topology. However, looking back in history, this is not a recent trend. In fact, Tokyo has developed through various civil engineering projects since the Edo period. In this exhibition, you can deepen your understanding of various civil engineering of Edo through the works of the ukiyo-e artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai.

Utagawa Hiroshige “Famous Places in Edo: Cooling off at Ryōgoku-bashi Bridge”

Civil engineering that created Edo, the megacity

100 years after the opening of the Tokugawa Shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu, Edo had become a megacity inhabited by more than one million people. What supported the extraordinary development of the city was the construction of urban areas and infrastructure using advanced civil engineering technology. The most notable are the Edo Castle and its outer and inner moats, landfill of Hibiya, Tsukiji, and Fukagawa, canals and water supply, bridges of Ryōgoku and Nihonbashi, as well as the huge temples such as Kan’ei-ji and Zōjō-ji.

Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Nihonbashi in Edo”

Shōtei Hokuju “View of Ochanomizu in Edo”
Keisai Eisen “Eight Views of Edo: Vesper Bell at Ueno”

Katsushika Hokusai “Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: In the Mountains of Tōtoumi Province”
Utagawa Hiroshige “Teppōzu and Tsukiji Monzeki (Entertaining Supplements to the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)”
Utagawa Hiroshige “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Fukagawa Lumberyards”

Culture of redevelopment has its origin in the Edo period?

Large-scale constructions of shopping malls such as Shibuya Stream and Tokyo Midtown Hibiya are often considered as a recent trend. However, looking back in history, large-scale redevelopments were carried out frequently since the Edo period. Notable projects include the re-installment of the pleasure quarter from Yoshiwara to Shin-yoshiwara, and the redevelopment of Saruwaka Theater District. The Nakazu amusement quarter which only existed for about ten years before being demolished can be considered one of the first redevelopment projects of Tokyo as well.

Utagawa Hiroshige “Famous Places in Edo: Panoramic View of Gochōmachi in Shin-Yoshiwara in Cherry Blossom Season”
Utagawa Toyoharu “Perspective Picture of Famous Places in Japan: Cooling off at Nakasu-shinchi”
Utagawa Hiroshige “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Night View of Saruwaka-machi”

Highlight of the Exhibition

Artist Unknown “Pagoda Finial Bent by the Ansei Great Earthquakes” /Utagawa Hiroshige “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Kinryūzan Temple, Asakusa”

Artist Unknown “Pagoda Finial Bent by the Ansei Great Earthquakes”
Utagawa Hiroshige “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Kinryūzan Temple, Asakusa”

Disasters and recovery –The Ansei Earthquake

There are continuous effort to recover from the Great East Japan. Edo was also frequently affected by fires and earthquakes. Each time, the people of Edo recovered from the destruction by conducting large-scale reconstructions all over the city. The Great Ansei Earthquake (1855) at the end of the Edo period is one of the severest disasters of Edo. The city suffered serious damage from this earthquake. Although the famous Sensōji Temple was not entirely destroyed, the nine-wheeled tower at the top of the Five-storied Pagoda was bent. The painting on the left depicts the pagoda after the earthquake. The work on the right is one of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” by Utagawa Hiroshige published a year after the earthquake. In this painting, the nine-wheeled tower is no longer bent. Since this picture was published shortly after May 9th when the restoration of the tower was completed, it is considered to be a commemoration of the restoration project.

Admission
Adult800 yen
University and High school students600 yen
Junior High School Students and belowFree
開館日カレンダー
2020 10

休館日

5-9,12,19,26

2020 / 10

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2020 11

休館日

2,9-13,16,24,30

2020 / 11

2,9-13,16,24,30

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Collection from Ota Memorial Museum of Art

2020, July 1st-26th
 
Will be closed on July 6, 13, 20.

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Utagawa Yoshifuji “Birds Fighting at Yoshiwara”

Although the Museum was closed for four months to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we finally reopened from this month. We replaced our original plans with the exhibition “Collection from the Ota Memorial Museum of Art”. From the more than 14000 works in our collection, we selected the works which were made to aid recovery from illness, and works which give us a sense of relaxation. We will also exhibit the works which gained popularity when introduced on the museum’s Twitter home page with the hashtag “# ouchideukiyoe (Ukiyo-e at home)” during the temporary closure.
In order to keep social distance between visitors, the distance between the works is further than usual, and as a result, the number of exhibits has been reduced to only about 40 works. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

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Utagawa Yoshitora “Twelve Animal Signs of Oriental Zodiac Gathering to Form One Animal”

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Utagawa Hirokage “Comical Views of Famous Places in Edo: No. 16, Fox-fires at Ōji”

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi “Toys of Horned Owl and Horse (the amulet against smallpox)”

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Utagawa Yoshifuji “Newly Published Comic Picture of Cats: Dance Recital of Kittens”

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Utagawa Yoshitora “Shōki (the Plague-Queller) “

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Kawanabe Kyōsai “Picture Book “Kyōsai Gadan” Volume 1-1″

Admission
Adult 800 yen
University and High school students 600 yen
Junior High School Students and below Free
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi -Blood and the Bewitching

2020, August 1st-October 4th
[1st Term] August 1st-30th 
[2nd Term] September 4th-October 4th
※Works change between two terms
 
Will be closed on August 3, 11, 17, 24, 31, September 1-3, 7, 14, 23, 28.

“Blood,” “Bewitching” and “Darkness.” Three Themes to Bring Out the Charm of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was an ukiyo-e artist who was active from the end of the Edo period to the early Meiji Era. Although he became very popular back then, his dynamic composition and sharp brushwork are absolutely timeless to even our eyes today. This exhibition will dig deep into the allure of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi with three ominous keywords: “blood,” “bewitching” and “darkness.” About 150 works will be on display in total, and we will swap out all the works between the first and second terms.
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Thirty-two Aspects of Women: Looking in Pain, the Appearance of a Prostitute of the Kansei Era (1789-1801)”(1st term)

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Twenty-eight Famous Murders with Verse: Ingakozō Rokunosuke” (2nd term)

Warning to the Viewer! Brutal Bloody Paintings

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi had worked on the genre commonly called chimidoro-e (“bloody pictures”), depicting cruel scenes of killings and dead bodies. His ominous expression of sensationally depicting splattered blood is known to have attracted literary figures such as Edogawa Ranpo and Mishima Yukio, who were active during the Taishō and Shōwa Eras. In addition to all 14 pieces of his representative work “Twenty-eight Famous Murders with Verse”, we will introduce other cruel works drawn by Yoshitoshi, such as “Tales of the Floating World” and “Yoshitoshi’s Selection of One Hundred Warriors”.
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Tales of the Floating World: Mukōkizu no Yosa”(1st term)/ private collection

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Twenty-eight Famous Murders with Verse: Fukuoka Mitsugi” (2nd term)

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Twenty-eight Famous Murders with Verse: Inada Kyūzō Shinsuke”(1st term)/ private collection

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Yoshitoshi’s Selection of One Hundred Warriors: Sakai Kyūzō” (2nd term)

Bewitching Beautiful Women and Deep Darkness

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi’s bijin-ga feature not only women who are simply beautiful in appearance, but also have inner charm with a faintly mysterious atmosphere. Furthermore, his works set at night are full of a tense air and the uncanny presence of specters and ghosts. We will introduce the eerie allure of Yoshitoshi through various works, such as his representative series of bijin-ga “Thirty-two Aspects of Women” and “One Hundred Views of the Moon”, which depict the history of and stories about the moon, as well as the “One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan” and “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts” series based on specters.
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Tales of Recent Characters: Muraoka, the Old Lady of the Konoe Family”(1st term)/ private collection

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Thirty-two Aspects of Women: Looking Hot, the Appearance of a Housewife in the Bunsei Era (1818-1830)” (2nd term)

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “One Hundred Ghost Stories of China and Japan: Fuwa Bansaku”(1st term)

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “One Hundred Views of the Moon: Cry of the Fox” (2nd term)

Highlight of the Exhibition

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi “Lonely House at Adachi Moor in Ōshū” (2nd term)

The Cruelest Work in Ukiyo-e History

When it comes to the cruelest work in ukiyo-e history, this may be the one. A pregnant woman bound with rope is hung upside down from the ceiling. She is gagged and has already passed out. An old woman is thoroughly sharpening a knife with which to cut the pregnant woman’s abdomen. Although there is no blood depicted in this picture, the graphic depiction of the pregnant woman’s painful appearance makes us feel its cruelty more strongly than chimidoro-e with a lot of splattered blood.

Admission
Adult 800 yen
University and High school students 600 yen
Junior High School Students and below Free
Calendar
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