Rome Japan. Tradition and innovation, 26 June – 10 September 2009

If you have a passion for drawing, and in particular for Japanese drawing, do not miss the exhibition -Japan. Tradition and innovation-, in Rome from the 26th of June to the 10th of September.

The exhibition -Japan. Tradition and innovation- will be inaugurated at the Casa delle letterature in Rome on the 26th of June, and will then be open to the public and to all those who will decide to travel to Rome and, in a sense, to Japan as well. No wonder that Casa delle letterature has been chosen to host the event: since its creation, indeed, it has always been meant to make people discover other cultures, in particular those which have had some influence on western art, and for this reason it has always been a place where interculturality and multidisciplinarity have reigned. Also the exhibition -Japan. Tradition and innovation- is intended as an opportunity to discover another culture, the Japanese one, focusing in particular on Japanese fiction and illustration, and presenting both modern and ancient styles, movements and techniques, which have characterised different forms of art, from theatre to literature, from poetry to children’s illustration.

To discover something more about these forms of artistic expression you only need to make a cheap hotel reservation in Rome and visit the exhibition, which includes a comparison between two important kinds of Japanese illustration: Ukiyo-e and manga. Ukiyo-e (literally -pictures of the floating world-), is a form of artistic Japanese woodblock printing which was very popular in the Edo period (1603 – 1867), when after a strong urbanization a new class of merchants and artisans, who used to write and paint, began to develop. At the end of the 19th century, with the development of photography and new techniques from Western countries, Ukiyo-e became less popular, but the xilographs that were realised in that period are still considered as important pieces of Japanese art, which everybody has the possibility to discover thanks to the exhibition hosted in Rome. Casa delle Letterature, in particular, will host some xilographs of the prestigious Contini collection, which were realised between 1803 and 1860 by important artists like Kitagawa Utamaro, Hasegawa Sadanobu, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Hiroshige.

However, the exhibition also focuses on contemporary forms of Japanese illustration, with highlight on mangas, which are already very popular also in western countries. Among the displayed works you will find drawings by Nakamura Hiroyuki, Tatsuro Ciuchi, Osamu Komatsu, Tomoko Matsumoto, Yuko Shimizu and Keitaro Sugihara, while in the manga section you will also find works realised by Italian artists like Federica Di Meo, Alice Esculapi, Giusy Oliva and Mariapia Vannucchi. If you have a passion for manga, the exhibition offers you a great opportunity: book now an exclusive cheap B&B in Rome and get ready to take part in the manga workshops curated by Wish, the only Italian drawer to be graduated at the Yoyogi Animation Gakuin in Tokyo. During the workshops teachers will deal with subjects like expression, background, basic materials, inking. A unique chance to deal with an important Japanese form of art in a concrete way and to discover something more about a different culture.

Tickets: free admission Date: 26th June – 20th September 2009 Location: Casa delle letterature, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from exclusive cheap B&B. For any information, please visit Travel to Rome or for travel information have a look to cheap hotel reservations in Rome.