An introduction to Floating Worlds, our new temporary exhibition opening on 28 September in Brighton Museum.
Where are these Floating Worlds?
The Floating Worlds exhibition invites you to experience the sights of 19th century Japan. Explore the city of Edo (now called Tokyo), visit the Kabuki theatre, watch fireworks and peek into private spaces. To get some air, take a stroll through the Japanese countryside, see the sea or climb high into the mountains. Guided by haiku poetry, immerse yourself in the celebrations and ceremonies of everyday life.
What is a woodcut?
The process of creating a woodcut involves an engraver pasting an artist’s drawing face-down on a block of wood, cutting through the paper with a chisel to transfer the lines onto the block, destroying the original drawing in the process. This is creates the key block.
Prints are taken from the key block and individually coloured by the artist in a single colour or wash. Using these prints as a guide, multiple colour blocks are made, each to enable a different coloured area to be printed. A sheet of damp mulberry bark paper is laid face-down onto each of the blocks to build up layers of colours and patterns to form one picture.
Below are a select few images of the woodcuts on display. The original works can be seen in the exhibition in Brighton Museum from 28 September 2019 until 12 January 2020.
Several events will accompany the exhibition. Click on the links to find out more:
- Floating Worlds, Mindful Yoga – Thursday 10 October & Thursday 12 December
- Poetry reading – Thursday 24 October
- Shodo & Shakyo: Japanese calligraphy taster sessions – Fridays 25 October & 29 November
- Tai Chi taster sessions – Saturdays 16 November, 7 December & 11 January
- Meditation for wellbeing – Thursdays 14 & 21 November
Tasha Brown, Museum Futures Trainee