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Tour + Tea: Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga
Docent Mary Flynn leads a tour of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga, followed by an art discussion over a glass of iced tea in the café. This exhibition features explicit sexual content and is not suitable for ch

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s collection includes more than 800 works of shunga that have never before been publicly displayed. These works originate from the collections of Richard D. Lane and James A. Michener. Lane, a pioneering scholar in the field of shunga , rehabilitated the genre’s public image through years of tireless advocacy, and he eventually convinced the Japanese government to allow its uncensored reproduction. Michener held a far more skeptical view of shunga ’s overall art historical importance, but ironically, the erotic works that he contributed are arguably among the finest examples in the entire genre. 

The second exhibition in this series, scheduled for November 2013, will discuss the topic of humor in shunga . In November 2014, the series will culminate with a presentation of erotic works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Frequently tender, funny and beautiful, shunga were mostly done within the popular school known as ‘pictures of the floating world’ (ukiyo-e), by celebrated artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai. Early modern Japan was certainly not a sex-paradise; however, the values promoted in shunga are generally positive towards sexual pleasure for all participants.

Shunga is in some ways a unique phenomenon in pre-modern world culture, in terms of the quantity, the quality and the nature of the art that was produced. This project aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why it was produced. In particular exploring the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan.

Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e , usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement. [1] Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring ; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex.

In Japan, Shunga goes back to the Heian period . At this point it was the reserve of the courtier class. Through the medium of narrative handscrolls, sexual scandals from the imperial court or the monasteries were depicted, and the characters tended to be limited to courtiers and monks . [1]

The art of shunga provided an inspiration for the Showa and Heisei , or modern, period art known in the Western world as hentai , and known (formally) in Japan as 'jū hachi kin' (literally, "18-restricted", or adult-only) anime and manga . Like shunga, hentai is sexually explicit in its imagery.

In a series of 24 full-color drawings satirical cartoonist Matthew Martin captures of the essence of Modern Shunga, and updates it with witty and often unlikely cultural and artistic references. Modern Shunga is perfect gift for lovers of, well, high-class dirty pictures.

The project began when Martin, a well known Australian cartoonist and illustrator, was asked by a friend to paint the identifying icons on the mens and ladies room doors in a new, upscale Japanese restaurant outside of Sydney. After countless and generally inappropriate attempts, Martin rekindled his great admiration for shunga, and developed the series of drawings in this book. The works were exhibited at a distinguished Sydney gallery to rave reviews and the development of a cult following.

Tour + Tea: Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga
Docent Mary Flynn leads a tour of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga, followed by an art discussion over a glass of iced tea in the café. This exhibition features explicit sexual content and is not suitable for ch

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s collection includes more than 800 works of shunga that have never before been publicly displayed. These works originate from the collections of Richard D. Lane and James A. Michener. Lane, a pioneering scholar in the field of shunga , rehabilitated the genre’s public image through years of tireless advocacy, and he eventually convinced the Japanese government to allow its uncensored reproduction. Michener held a far more skeptical view of shunga ’s overall art historical importance, but ironically, the erotic works that he contributed are arguably among the finest examples in the entire genre. 

The second exhibition in this series, scheduled for November 2013, will discuss the topic of humor in shunga . In November 2014, the series will culminate with a presentation of erotic works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Tour + Tea: Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga
Docent Mary Flynn leads a tour of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga, followed by an art discussion over a glass of iced tea in the café. This exhibition features explicit sexual content and is not suitable for ch

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s collection includes more than 800 works of shunga that have never before been publicly displayed. These works originate from the collections of Richard D. Lane and James A. Michener. Lane, a pioneering scholar in the field of shunga , rehabilitated the genre’s public image through years of tireless advocacy, and he eventually convinced the Japanese government to allow its uncensored reproduction. Michener held a far more skeptical view of shunga ’s overall art historical importance, but ironically, the erotic works that he contributed are arguably among the finest examples in the entire genre. 

The second exhibition in this series, scheduled for November 2013, will discuss the topic of humor in shunga . In November 2014, the series will culminate with a presentation of erotic works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

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By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. (Last updated: 12 January 2017) Find out more

Frequently tender, funny and beautiful, shunga were mostly done within the popular school known as ‘pictures of the floating world’ (ukiyo-e), by celebrated artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai. Early modern Japan was certainly not a sex-paradise; however, the values promoted in shunga are generally positive towards sexual pleasure for all participants.

Shunga is in some ways a unique phenomenon in pre-modern world culture, in terms of the quantity, the quality and the nature of the art that was produced. This project aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why it was produced. In particular exploring the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan.

Tour + Tea: Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga
Docent Mary Flynn leads a tour of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga, followed by an art discussion over a glass of iced tea in the café. This exhibition features explicit sexual content and is not suitable for ch

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s collection includes more than 800 works of shunga that have never before been publicly displayed. These works originate from the collections of Richard D. Lane and James A. Michener. Lane, a pioneering scholar in the field of shunga , rehabilitated the genre’s public image through years of tireless advocacy, and he eventually convinced the Japanese government to allow its uncensored reproduction. Michener held a far more skeptical view of shunga ’s overall art historical importance, but ironically, the erotic works that he contributed are arguably among the finest examples in the entire genre. 

The second exhibition in this series, scheduled for November 2013, will discuss the topic of humor in shunga . In November 2014, the series will culminate with a presentation of erotic works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The British Museum uses cookies to ensure you have the best browsing experience and to help us improve the site.
By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. (Last updated: 12 January 2017) Find out more

Frequently tender, funny and beautiful, shunga were mostly done within the popular school known as ‘pictures of the floating world’ (ukiyo-e), by celebrated artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai. Early modern Japan was certainly not a sex-paradise; however, the values promoted in shunga are generally positive towards sexual pleasure for all participants.

Shunga is in some ways a unique phenomenon in pre-modern world culture, in terms of the quantity, the quality and the nature of the art that was produced. This project aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why it was produced. In particular exploring the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan.

Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e , usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement. [1] Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring ; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex.

In Japan, Shunga goes back to the Heian period . At this point it was the reserve of the courtier class. Through the medium of narrative handscrolls, sexual scandals from the imperial court or the monasteries were depicted, and the characters tended to be limited to courtiers and monks . [1]

The art of shunga provided an inspiration for the Showa and Heisei , or modern, period art known in the Western world as hentai , and known (formally) in Japan as 'jū hachi kin' (literally, "18-restricted", or adult-only) anime and manga . Like shunga, hentai is sexually explicit in its imagery.

In a series of 24 full-color drawings satirical cartoonist Matthew Martin captures of the essence of Modern Shunga, and updates it with witty and often unlikely cultural and artistic references. Modern Shunga is perfect gift for lovers of, well, high-class dirty pictures.

The project began when Martin, a well known Australian cartoonist and illustrator, was asked by a friend to paint the identifying icons on the mens and ladies room doors in a new, upscale Japanese restaurant outside of Sydney. After countless and generally inappropriate attempts, Martin rekindled his great admiration for shunga, and developed the series of drawings in this book. The works were exhibited at a distinguished Sydney gallery to rave reviews and the development of a cult following.

"Shunga" is the traditional Japanese term for erotic paintings and prints. They are also called makura-e, "pillow pictures" (presumably the original term) or higa, "secret pictures".

All offered erotic pictures are guaranteed to be the original paintings or prints, published at or about (c) the date given.

Hélène Bayou et al., Images du Monde flottant. Peintures et estampes japonaises XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles. Edition de la Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris, 2004

Tour + Tea: Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga
Docent Mary Flynn leads a tour of the exhibition Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga, followed by an art discussion over a glass of iced tea in the café. This exhibition features explicit sexual content and is not suitable for ch

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s collection includes more than 800 works of shunga that have never before been publicly displayed. These works originate from the collections of Richard D. Lane and James A. Michener. Lane, a pioneering scholar in the field of shunga , rehabilitated the genre’s public image through years of tireless advocacy, and he eventually convinced the Japanese government to allow its uncensored reproduction. Michener held a far more skeptical view of shunga ’s overall art historical importance, but ironically, the erotic works that he contributed are arguably among the finest examples in the entire genre. 

The second exhibition in this series, scheduled for November 2013, will discuss the topic of humor in shunga . In November 2014, the series will culminate with a presentation of erotic works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The British Museum uses cookies to ensure you have the best browsing experience and to help us improve the site.
By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. (Last updated: 12 January 2017) Find out more

Frequently tender, funny and beautiful, shunga were mostly done within the popular school known as ‘pictures of the floating world’ (ukiyo-e), by celebrated artists such as Utamaro and Hokusai. Early modern Japan was certainly not a sex-paradise; however, the values promoted in shunga are generally positive towards sexual pleasure for all participants.

Shunga is in some ways a unique phenomenon in pre-modern world culture, in terms of the quantity, the quality and the nature of the art that was produced. This project aims to answer some key questions about what shunga is and why it was produced. In particular exploring the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan.

Most shunga are a type of ukiyo-e , usually executed in woodblock print format. While rare, there are extant erotic painted handscrolls which predate the Ukiyo-e movement. [1] Translated literally, the Japanese word shunga means picture of spring ; "spring" is a common euphemism for sex.

In Japan, Shunga goes back to the Heian period . At this point it was the reserve of the courtier class. Through the medium of narrative handscrolls, sexual scandals from the imperial court or the monasteries were depicted, and the characters tended to be limited to courtiers and monks . [1]

The art of shunga provided an inspiration for the Showa and Heisei , or modern, period art known in the Western world as hentai , and known (formally) in Japan as 'jū hachi kin' (literally, "18-restricted", or adult-only) anime and manga . Like shunga, hentai is sexually explicit in its imagery.


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