Comic Genius – The Utagawa Kuniyoshi School

Exhibit Period

Thurs. 7th July - Sun. 7th August 2005

Exhibit Times

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(last admissions at 4:30 p.m.)

Museum closed

Mondays (except 18th July), Tues. 19th July

Admission Fee

Adults: 500yen (450yen)* Student (High school & university): 300yen (270yen)* Elementary/middle school students:100yen (90yen)* * Figures in brackets indicate group rates for groups of twenty or more. Over 70s, pre-school children: Free Disabled people + 1 companion: Half price


The "warrior prints" of Utagawa Kuniyoshi stand alongside the "kabuki star prints" of Toyokuni III (Kunisada) and the landscapes of Hiroshige as some of the most influential of late Edo period ukiyo-e. Yet it is in his "comical prints" (giga) that the quintessence of Kuniyoshi's free thinking can be seen - in his personifications of cats and birds, and in the skill with which captures the facial expressions of comic characters.One can't help but smile at the loveable charm of these pictures. They transcend their time, accessible and fascinating to all, whatever one's age or background.
This exhibition features, besides Kuniyoshi's own works, pieces by his students, who were active through into the Meiji period, in a display of some fifty pieces which will appeal to both children and adults alike.

Museum Talk

Presented by our curator - Japanese only
Sat. 16th July, Sat. 30th July
Start: 1:30pm