Characters from the play The Love Affair of Otomi and Scarfaced Yosaburo, 1857
On view February 2, 2008 to February 16, 2009
Located in the: Asian Export Art: Works on Paper Gallery
With its dramatic storylines, lush costumes and celebrity actors, kabuki was the ideal subject for Japanese print designers. Stage Idols, Japanese Kabuki Theater features a stunning selection of woodblock prints from PEM’s collection, many of which are on view for the first time. The exhibition features a rotating selection of over forty 19th-century prints — including works by famed print designer Utagawa Kunisada — as well as rare kabuki-related objects, such as costumes, photographs and sign-boards. Curated by Midori Oka, PEM curator of Japanese art and culture, Stage Idols opens Feb. 2, 2008, and runs through Feb. 16, 2009.