27 April - 27 October 2013
Garishly made-up stars of the stage, delicate beauties in the tea houses, sublime landscapes along the major trade routes – the ukiyo-e woodcuts present a fascinating mirror image of life in seventeenth to nineteenth-century Japan.
The ukiyo-e images (literally “pictures of the floating world”) were first drawn by draughtsmen working for enterprising publishers and then serially produced by specialists organized in a system based on the division of labour; often a different printing block was used for each of the many different colours.
The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main has in its holdings the rare early ukiyo-e prints from the Johann Georg Geyger collection as well as the masterworks of the Otto Riese collection recently acquired for the museum – and thus one of the most superb inventories of this great Japanese art form in Europe. For conservatorial reasons the show has been divided into two stages (27 April to 28 July and 31 July to 27 October 2013).
Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg
The Geyger collection was purchased in 2002 thanks to support from numerous donors; it was not until the summer of 2012 that, as the result of a joint effort by the Kunstgewerbeverein in Frankfurt am Main e.V. and the Museum Angewandte Kunst, the Otto Riese collection was secured for the Museum Angewandte Kunst.
This purchase, which is of outstanding significance for the museum, was made possible above all by: Kulturstiftung der Länder, Berlin, Hessische Kulturstiftung, Wiesbaden, Privatbank B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. KGaA, Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Kunstgewerbeverein in Frankfurt am Main e.V., Rudolf-August Oetker-Stiftung, Kuraray Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main, Georg und Franziska Speyersche Hochschulstiftung, Marga Coing-Stiftung, Frankfurter Sparkasse and Trudel Klefisch.