The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design

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Date & Time: Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, February 6, 2021 - May 2, 2021

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
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Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Cost: Free with Museum admission. Limited capacity, timed entry, and advance tickets only; Free for Members; Adults: $18 Seniors (65+) Students with current ID $14; Ages 17 & under FREE
Sponsored by: This exhibition is generously supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Early research for this project was made possible by the Japan Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Description: "The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design" is the first show devoted to examining the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture, from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji period (1868-1912). This dialogue between print and kimono design is illustrated by approximately 70 Japanese prints, as well as a selection of illustrated woodblock printed books and paintings, primarily drawn from the Museum's 3,000 Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints from John Chandler Bancroft (1835-1901) gifted in 1901.

Central to "The Kimono in Print" is a one-of-a-kind contemporary wedding kimono by Chiso, the important 450-year old, Kyoto-based kimono house. The "Worcester Wedding Kimono" is the first-ever kimono commissioned as an artwork for an art museum. Celebrating the 120th-anniversary of WAM's transformative acquisition of the Bancroft collection, the contemporary wedding kimono reflects the Museum's vision for Japanese art in the 21st century.

"The Kimono in Print" is accompanied by a virtual exhibition on the Museum's website, "Kimono Couture: The Beauty of Chiso," exploring the hidden world of traditional kimono design and artistry still practiced by Chiso.

Copy and paste this link into your browser to see the virtual "Kimono Couture" exhibition:

Image: Keisai Eisen (1790-1848), "Modern Figures on a Snowy Day," early to mid-1820s, from the series The Four Seasons, Publisher: Sanoya Kihei, color woodblock print with graduated colors ("bokashi") and blind-printing ("karazuri"), John Chandler Bancroft Collection, 1901.146
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