*Last Update: October 12, 2021
Our current exhibition opens on October 12, 2021 and runs until January 2022.
The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our primary concern. As we re-open to the public, we ask you for your cooperation to keep the Gallery a safe place for yourself, for other visitors, and for our staff by carefully reading the following guidelines below.
What to expect when you visit the Gallery
- In order to manage the flow and capacity of visitors, all visitors must make a booking prior to visiting
- All visitors and staff must wear a mask inside the building:
- Visitors exempt from wearing masks for medical reasons may be asked to stagger their entrance time and/or wait for other patrons to exit. In these instances, please follow the directions of JFT staff.
- Please use hand sanitizer provided at the entrance
- Please keep a safe space (2 metres) between yourself, other guests and staff
- Follow the marked path where indicated when visiting the library and gallery
- No lockers are available at this time, so please travel light
- In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we may decline entry to those who are non-compliant with the regulations listed above.
- For the purpose of contact tracing, your record of visiting may be released to Public Health Authorities
Hiroshige’s “Edo Hyaku”: Perspectives of Landscape Ukiyo-e Prints in Portrait Layout
“Edo Hyaku”, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo 名所江戸百景 (Meisho Edo Hyakkei) is a series of over one hundred woodblock prints designed by Hiroshige (1797–1858) , which began to be published in 1856 and was completed in 1859 after Hiroshige’s death. Compassion and nostalgic affection of Hiroshige to his own home town Edo, now known as Tokyo, is evident in the Edo Hyaku print series. A previous exhibition at The Japan Foundation, Toronto in 2019 of “Edo Hyaku” approached this masterpiece from the viewpoint of its serene, poetic expressions, which were based on Hiroshige’s emotional input to his own city. The exhibition focused on the theme of snow and moon, displaying other Edo city portrayal pieces by Hiroshige.
In order to cover the huge amount of works omitted from our previous exhibition, we switch our focus to cherry blossoms and boats on water for our new exhibition. We are also examining Hiroshige’s final years, which is characterized by the use of tall portrait layout in landscape paintings. Linear perspectives and the expression of depth and distance are the keys to unfold the visual wealth of Hiroshige’s late pieces.
A masterpiece of this period, consisting of a trio of triptychs known as, Snow, Moon, and Flower (1857) is on display, along with pieces from the series Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces (1853–56).
The artworks on display are reproductions, not off-set prints from photography, but are re-carved and hand-printed in the traditional method based on historical research. We also display jigsaw puzzles of Hiroshige prints. During the course of quarantine each small piece of these puzzles has drawn our attention to the details of the artwork; as well, each assembly clarified the composition. Enjoy the urban splendour and excitement of Edo and the natural phenomenon of Japan in meticulously sophisticated woodblock prints.
Now Open for Visitors!
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor Street East
Hudson’s Bay Centre, 3rd floor (above Royal Bank of Canada)
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