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closed The poetry of the landscape

The show

The works on paper or silk present at MAO are extremely delicate and need, unlike others, a period of rest. For this reason, and to allow visitors to enjoy an ever-renewed exhibition, periodic rotations are carried out, such as the one visible in the gallery dedicated to Japan starting from Saturday 6 June: in fact, on the occasion of the reopening, the kakemono section is renewed, classic Japanese vertical scroll paintings, and prints.

This new rotation of kakemono has landscape painting as its subject, mainly in ink on paper or silk, with works that exemplify some expressive modes of Japanese artists between the sixteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, whose themes and style reveal in some cases a declared inspiration to the Chinese model, in others an original reworking.

Starting from the rarefied scenarios of Sesson Shukei (1504-1589), where a light gilding restores the suffused atmosphere of the mountain wrapped in a vaporous haze, and from the incorporeal and abstract landscapes of the famous Kano Tan'yu (1602-1674), the selection del MAO focuses on various artists active in the first half of the 1800s, among which the multifaceted Kishi Ganku (1749 or 1756-1838) stands out, oscillating between adherence to the Sinic model and typically Japanese themes or pictorial methods.

At the same time as the rotation of the paintings, the rotation of the Japanese prints will be carried out on the second floor of the museum, where the second half of the famous horizontal series "The 53 stations of Tokaido" by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) will be presented. Some famous "stations", such as n. 43 Yokkaichi and No. 45 Shono, have successfully entered the elite of internationally recognized modern artistic expression.

Timetable and tickets


Via San Domenico, 9-11
10100 Turin


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