March 26 - June 15, 2015 | Curated by Barry Till
Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama, which originated in the 17th century. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. It became a common form of entertainment in the registered red-light district in old
The stage features a walkway which extends into the audience and via which dramatic entrances and exits are made. Performances went from morning until sunset. The area around the theatres was lush with shops selling kabuki souvenirs, especially woodblock prints, which were collected like movie posters. This exhibition will feature more about forty 19th and 20th century portraits of actors from the Gallery’s extensive collection including works by ukiyo-e masters like Sharaku, Toyokuni, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Kunichika, as well as modern artists like Natori Shunsen and Ota Masamitsu.