Hiroshige: an eastern view of the world

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One of the advantages to dell'alloggiare Trevi Collection, It is that you can reach in a few steps the prestigious Scuderie del Quirinale: an exhibition area leading to Rome, hosting exhibitions of sight of the cultural landscape Capitoline. Among the most interesting and unique figure of the last year certainly shows Hiroshige – Visions from Japan, scheduled 1 March 29 July 2018. It's not often you can indulge in an aesthetic universe far from European pictorial styles: Hiroshige's art compels us to take a different attitude toward man and nature. A perspective that overturns the western observer coordinates, and it provides a new perspective with which to view the world. This is Hiroshige, the master of rain and snow.

Japan through the Ukiyo-e: visions from the floating world

L’Ukiyo-e, “the image of the floating world”, is an artistic movement flourished in Japan in the seventeenth and twentieth centuries. One of its most recognizable features is the widespread use of a printing technique on paper, via wooden matrices engraved. Among the most distinguished members of this movement include Hokusai (author of the famous work The Great Wave of Kanagawa) e, just, Hiroshige.

The exhibition is home to about 230 works from Italy, Japan and the US, mostly woodcuts, precisely the typical form of expression of the period and the current Ukiyo-e. The ticket price includes the use of an audio-guide, It proved a very useful tool to guide and learn more about the historical and cultural context in which it was created and developed this art of the rising sun.

There is something undeniably charming, almost spiritual, in strolling through the halls of the exhibition, leaving kidnap art of Hiroshige. Almost all of the works shows landscape views, depicting the sites of 53 Post Stations of the Tokaido and Views of Edo capital. A style that has marked Impressionists characters: Hiroshige depicting a world framed by clouds and mists, tinged sunsets and greyness of dawn, dressed in rain and snow.

Human subjects are absorbed organically by natural scenery, venendone not yet never overwhelmed or consumed. The dramatic tension that characterizes the works of Hokusai, It turns into harmony Hiroshige: even through the storms and eddies more violent, on the horizon, you can see a beginning of reconciliation, a detail of pacification and serenity, in each of his works. Even opposites graphic elements, ie the strong outlines and the soft colors and dreamlike as well as man and nature, find balance and conciliation.

The exhibition pleasant variations reserve: in some sessions it is possible to find a taste and a photographic approach almost simultaneous: elements in the foreground introduce an element of multi-dimensional perspective, as if different “focused” guide him the observer on different levels. In other works, Character overtly parodic or celebratory, more ironic intentions or didactic or betray the cultural and editorial requirements of the time behind the scenes. Among the designs make their appearance textual elements, proverbs, directions, descriptions: images and letters occur together, organically.

You can guess how this poetic prefigures the comic book universe that now easily associate with Japanese popular culture of manga. Without giving too much away to readers and potential visitors, we can absolutely guarantee that this itinerary through the Visions from Japan maintains all cultural promise, proving an opportunity to be seized to immerse yourself, at least for a few hours, fascinating pictorial world of the Rising Sun..

Two multimedia elements

The exhibition conceals two unexpected break moments. In a small room, semi-hidden, between the salt exposure, you can follow a very interesting mini documentary about traditional Japanese engraving and printing techniques. An opportunity useful not only to fully appreciate the craft component behind the realization of xylographs, but also to allow yourself some time to relax before continuing the visit.

Finally the last room, where they are exposed some paints on a roll, A summary projection, accompanied by traditional music, It allows us a last deep breath of reflection: a break before diving back into the urban jungle; an oasis to retrace calmly everything you have just admired, in the splendid rooms of the Scuderie. Then we will start the exit: on the stairs to the outside, a wonderful view of the capital's skyline greets us by reminding us, if any were needed, the many beauties waiting for us, Under the sky of Rome.