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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Hiroshige's 100 Famous Views Of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami)

Utagawa Hiroshige, Kiyomizu Hall and Shinobazu Pond at Ueno (Ueno Kiyomizudō no ike), 1856.

200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

The Brooklyn Museum is reviving 19th-century Tokyo, the last century of Japan’s Edo Period (1603–1868), with images of the city moving from cherry blossoms to summer rainstorms and from falling leaves to dark winters. Utagawa Hiroshige documented these scenes in a graphic, cinematic, and imaginative fashion in his series “100 Famous Views of Edo.” On display for the first time in over 20 years, the treasured woodblock prints will be shown alongside the paintings of Takashi Murakami, which were created in response to Hiroshige’s images, while modern photographs of Tokyo will show how the city evolved into what it is today. If the work of Vincent van Gogh comes to mind as you walk through the exhibition, you’re on point: Hiroshige played an important role in the European Japonisme movement, which influenced Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau artists. —Jeanne Malle

Photo: Brooklyn Museum