Geisha and samurai, beautiful women and legendary heroes, kabuki actors, fantastical animals, visionary worlds and strange landscapes are the protagonists of the exhibition Japan. Tales of Love and War. With more than 200 works of art describing the Floating World of ukiyo-e has been brought for the first time to Bologna, where the elegant and sophisticated atmosphere of the Edo period, present day Tokyo (1603-1868) has descended on Palazzo Albergati.
The greatest Japanese artists of the 19th century will be on show including Hiroshige, Utamaro, Hokusai, and Kuniyoshi, but the exhibition also gives a complete panorama of Japanese life in this period through the display of samurai clothes, kimonos, fans and photographs.
The exhibition describes the feminine world of the geisha, the ōiran (high ranking courtesans) and the fascinating world of the legendary samurai warriors. It traces the origins of ukiyo-e and the erotic shunga prints; Kabuki theatre and the natural world.