The exhibition “Masterpieces of Edo Paintings and Prints” is a highlight of the Russian-Japanese Bilateral Year. Over 135 paintings and prints of masters representing various traditional Japanese schools of art will be featured at the exhibition. Many of these have become iconic art works for the Japanese culture and are very rarely exhibited overseas. The exhibition is the first event allowing the Russian public to see the entire spectrum of trends and schools from one of the most interesting periods in the history of Japanese art. This exhibition was organized under the sponsorship of PAO NK Rosneft.
Most of the art works are brought in from Japan and will be displayed in Russia for the first time. Two art works have the status of “National Treasure,” ten items are considered “Important Cultural Property,” and another five items are “Important Art Objects.”
The exhibition in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts will be run in 2 sessions: the first part will be displayed September 4–30, and the second part can be viewed October 3–28. The exhibition must be split into sessions because the exhibits are fragile: paintings on paper and silk are very delicate items that require special procedures for transportation, storage, and exhibition. According to the national standards of Japan, such art works cannot be displayed in the exhibition halls longer than four weeks. In fact, the visitors will be able to see two completely different exhibitions. Items from both sessions share equally high artistic value.
Exhibition curators: Hiroyoshi Tazawa, Director of the Curatorial Research Department at the Tokyo National Museum; Aynura Yusupova, Senior Researcher of the Department of Prints, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.