Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan

On View February 7 – June 28, 2015

Animals on Japanese print

This special exhibition explores the appearance of animals throughout different genres of Japanese woodblock prints, textiles, and fashionable objects. From Japanese folklore to kabuki performances, from the embroidered robes of courtesans to fascinating “secret calendars,” animals—domestic, wild, and fantastical—offer a view into the “floating world” of Japan.

Made possible with generous support from the David W. Mesker, Class of 1953, Fund and the Hall & Kate Peterson Fund.

Annotated and Illustrated Exhibition Checklist

Related Events

On Friday, February 6, at 5:00 p.m., celebrate the opening of Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan and Fifty Years of Shōwa Japan: The Photography of Kageyama Kōyō. Brief gallery tours with Bradley Bailey, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter postdoctoral curatorial teaching fellow in Japanese prints, and Samuel Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell professor of the history of art and Asian languages and civilizations. Refreshments served.

On Friday, February 13, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., don't miss “Untamed!,” a special event featuring Japanese erotic prints from the Green collection, held in conjunction with the exhibition Nature, Pleasure, Myth. Get inspired for the festival of love with a Valentine’s Eve celebration. Refreshments served.

On Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m., come to “Brand New Beasts,” a Closer Look gallery talk given by Bradley Bailey, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter postdoctoral curatorial teaching fellow in Japanese prints, for an insider’s view of Nature, Pleasure, Myth: Animals in the Art of Japan. Refreshments served.