Milan’s royal palace hosts Japanese prints

22 Sept-29 Jan. Exhibit of ukiyo-e woodblock print masterpieces.

An exhibition of 200 woodblock prints and illustrated books opens at Milan’s municipal museum in the Palazzo Reale on 22 September. The works are on loan from the Honolulu Museum of Arts, and include a selection of the most significant series on the themes of landscape, nature and feminine beauty.

The exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Japan and Italy with samples of the ukiyo-e art genre, which flourished in Japan between the 17th and 18th centuries, celebrating the hedonistic lifestyle of the period.

The works on display are by the three most celebrated masters of the genre, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), and demonstrate their techniques, ability and eccentricity, say the curators.

The Palazzo Reale is open seven days a week until 19.30, on Thursdays and Saturdays until 22.30; on Mondays afternoon only from 14.30, other days from 09.30.