The Bologna Archaeological Museum hosts the exhibition dedicated to Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the most famous Japanese artist in the mid-1800s: about 270 works coming from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and for the first time in Italy.
Hiroshige owed his fame to the quality of his prints of landscape and views of Japan, as well as to his ability in describing natural and atmospheric elements. He was capable of making the snow, the rain, the haze, the moonlight be perceived almost as tangible elements. He depicted such a variety of rains that he got the name of “master of rains”.
Besides the early xylographs, on show there are some preparatory drawings too, made to be given to the engraver, but that never became finished works. That’s the reason they are still intact, thus showing Hiroshige’s painting ability.
The exhibition "HIROSHIGE. Oltre l’onda" is curated by Rossella Menegazzo and Sarah E. Thompson, and produced by MondoMostre Skira and Ales S.p.A, in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It is promoted by Istituzione Bologna Musei, with the patronage of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, the Embassy of Japan in Italy, and the University of Milan.