Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art

Exhibition
Thursday 3 Oct 2013 - Sunday 5 Jan 2014 |

The British Museum
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

About the Exhibition

Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815), detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve), c. 1785. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Torii Kiyonaga (1752–1815), detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve), c. 1785.
© The Trustees of the British Museum.

Discover Japanese prints, paintings and drawings like no other. Explicit, beautifully detailed and often brightly coloured, these works, produced between 1600 and 1900, inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso. Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. The exhibition sheds new light on this taboo art form within Japanese social and cultural history. Parental guidance advised for visitors under 16. Supported by Shunga in Japan LLP. Part of Japan400.

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