Shini-e Exhibition at Fukuoka City Museum

START: May 8, 2019 END: Jul 7, 2019

Shini-e is a type of ukiyo-e woodblock print that provided fascinating insight into popular kabuki actors and other well-known performers. These memorial prints were popular from the mid-Edo to the late Meiji periods. They were primarily produced to announce the passing of a celebrity. The artwork would usually feature a motif that represents death, such as the Sanzu River, lotuses or a depiction of the Buddha’s Western Pure Land, in order to make it clear that the individual was no longer part of this world. The colorful and humorous artwork reveal a lot about what people in the Edo Period thought about death.

死絵 八代目市川団十郎「なに故に…」(部分)
Shini-e (Death Print) Ichikawa Danjuro VIII

Shini-e – Cheerful, Smiling Goodbyes
• 5/8 (Wed.) ~ 7/7 (Sun.)
• 9:30~17:30 (last entry: 17:00)
• Closed: Mon. (*if Mon. falls on a hol. the museum will be open and closed the next day)
• Adult: ¥200, HS: ¥150, JHS and under: free
• Fukuoka City Museum
3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

Shini-e (Death Print) Matsumoto Kinsho I

Published: May 9, 2019 / Last Updated: May 9, 2019

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