The works of Japanese artists from the Edo Period (1600-1868) will be projected on a massive screen in Tokyo as part of a unique digital exhibition.
The digital exhibition, launching in June, will feature supersized iconic ukiyo-e artworks such as woodblock prints and paintings on gold-gilt byobu folding screens and fusuma sliding doors of the era. Revealing to the world the works of five great masters&mdashHokusai, Sotatsu, Hiroshige, Korin, and Jakuchu&mdashthe digital art exhibit will project a captivating audio-visual presentation on massive screens.
The historic art pieces will be presented on a 45m-wide screen where one can authenticate every little detail of the paintings up close on a larger scale. Although these paintings are digitalised, thanks to the present-day digital technology you can view intricate elements like the fibrous threads of the traditional washi paper and lines across a folding gold screen painting.
Hokusai&rsquos &lsquoThe Great Wave off Kanagawa&rsquo, Hiroshige&rsquos skilled touch to delicate fibres, stories of gold by Korin, Sotatsu, and Jakuchu and the subtle difference of the artists&rsquo expressions, narrated in the Commentary theater area will create an unmatched art experience.
A total of 40 works will help define the ukiyo-e movement between the 17th and 19th centuries, and will be displayed with English subtitles including Jakuchu&rsquos &lsquoRoosters and Cactus&rsquo and Hiroshige&rsquos &lsquoThe Fifty-Three Stations of Tokaido&rsquo.