Tim Clark Talks Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art




In early modern Japan (1600-1900) thousands of sexually explicit works of art were produced, known as ‘spring pictures’ (shunga)Tim Clark is currently curating a major shunga exhibition at the British Museum, which celebrates this often tender, funny and beautiful erotic art-form, produced by some of the great masters of Japanese art such as Utamaro and Hokusai. Shunga is in some ways a unique phenomenon in pre-modern world culture, in terms of the quantity, the quality and the nature of the art that was produced. Showing some key works from the exhibition, Tim will explore important questions about what is shunga, how it circulated and to whom, and why it was produced. In particular, he will introduce the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan, reaffirming the significance of shunga in Japanese art history.

Duration 09 October 2013 - 09 October 2013
Times 6-7pm
Cost Admission Free Booking Essential
Venue Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
Address Daiwa Foundation, Japan House London NW1 4QP, ,
Contact 020 7486 4348 / exhibitions@dajf.org.uk / www.dajf.org.uk/exhibitions

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