Exhibition picture Dig in Japan

Dig in Japan

During 2018 the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg invited selected guests to dig into its Japanese collections in order to choose their one favorite for the exhibition Dig in Japan. The result is a web exhibition. Now we continue to show objects from the collection with curator Petra Holmberg.

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Textile fragment, 19th century

Textile fragment, early 19th century

Petra Holmberg, curator of Japan at the Musuems of World Culture, has chosen a textile fragment from early 19th century in red silk crepe. Hemp leaf ornament, asanoha, in what is called shibori technique, tied knot patterning. Dyed with safflower, benibana in Japanese. In the clip Petra also speaks about the symbolism about the red color. Inventory number: OM-1968-0078

Picture from woodcut book by Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige

Woodcut book by Utagawa Hiroshige.

The curator of Japan at the National Museums of World Culture, Petra Holmberg has chosen the continuous series “100 famous views of the Edo” by Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (1797-1858). The series is printed from woodcutting technique and are bound together as a book. The series was immensely popular both domestically and abroad. Many western artists collected this series and were inspired by the pictures in it. In the clip above Petra talks about Hiroshige’s way of creating images and how this inspired Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) amongst others. Inventory number: NMG-1912-0439

More episodes

To see all episodes of Dig in Japan, you can find the playlist on YouTube (opens in a new window).