Toyohara Kunichika print exhibition at Liverpool’s Lady Lever Art Gallery

A stunning new exhibition of prints by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) is an exciting follow up from Liverpool’s Lady Lever Art Gallery’s previous exhibition Edo Pop.

Toyohara Kunichika was one of the most important 19th century print makers in Japan. Born in Edo (present day Tokyo), he was trained by Kunisada, a leading print maker of the time, and went on to be a highly original master in his own right.

Kunichika embraced modern subjects and his prints reflected the great social and political change in Japan at the time. He was best known for his depictions of the Kabuki theatre, capturing the drama and excitement of scenes from popular plays and famous actors.

More than 60 of Kunichika’s hand-printed single, double and triptych prints feature in this must-see exhibition, which is the first in a national gallery outside of Japan to focus on his work.

The gallery will be host to a Tanabata Festival on Thursday 9th June, a fun-packed family day celebrating Japanese culture, delivered in partnership with the Japan Society North West.

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival, celebrating the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi.

• Kunichika: Japanese Prints runs until 22nd September 2022 at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, CH62 5EQ | Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm

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With thanks to David Hathaway-Price for the heads up

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