Chûshingura. A drama of betrayal and loyalty among the samurai of Japan, as reflected in woodcuts and kabuki theatre

21.01.2014 to 27.04.2014
Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Kanadehon chûshingura (The Treasury of Loyal Vassals) remains one of the most important and popular plays in the repertoire of Japanese kabuki theatre. The play is based on a real incident in 1701 and is a revenge tale about the legendary 47 ronin (leaderless samurai) who avenge the death of their lord, Asano Naganori, to restore his honour. The exhibition illustrates the plot of each of the eleven acts with pictorial depictions of the key scenes in woodblock prints dating from the Tokugawa period. The impressions reflect the subject’s popularity in the ukiyo-e of the 18th and 19th centuries and are adaptations, in the graphic medium, of scenes from the theatre. The exhibition has been developed in cooperation with students of East-Asian art history at the Institute of Art History of the FU Berlin.

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Please note that due to preparations for the transfer to the Humboldt Forum the Collection of South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art on the ground floor, that contains, amongst others, the famous 'Turfan' collection as well as art from India, have been closed since 11 January 2016.

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Over the weekend of 7–8 January, the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst will open their doors for the last time at their current location, before preparing in readiness for the move to Humboldt Forum. For this reason, the opening hours on this weekend will be extended and special events will be on offer.
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