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culture yes! [Jan. 11th, 2009|07:07 am]
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On a whim I visited the Honolulu Academy of Arts and spent several peaceful hours walking around. I first went to check out the Hiroshige prints from the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo". Some of the ones that struck me:

New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, ōji (9th Month, 1857)
I just like this for the subject matter, about the fox spirits gathering on a special night at a particular shrine.

Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge and Atake (Ohashi Atake no Yudachi) (9th Month, 1857)
Considered the masterpiece of the collection, it is admittedly a really cool piece. It's also a lot more fuzzy and dreary than the others (don't I make a splendid art critic! my way with words, too amazing!), which makes it stand out. Van Gogh painted it in The Bridge in the Rain (After Hiroshige).

Suruga-chō (9th Month, 1856)
I didn't realize that Mt. Fuji was visible from the streets of Edo. It's just such a different situation from modern-day Tokyo I just stood in front of the print, dumbfounded for a while.

I also got completely sucked into an exhibition called Muraqqa´: Imperial Mughal Albums from the
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin that showcases stunning illustrated manuscripts, calligraphy and paintings from the reigns of two famous Indian emperors (including the one that built the Taj Mahal). Holy crap, the details were exquisite. The gold-lined border illustrations made me swoon. The little dollops of white paint to create pearl necklaces were so fine and delicate. I might go back and look again before the exhibition leaves the museum to soak it all in again. They provide magnifying glasses so that you can get real up close and personal, but I didn't bother with them this time. Maybe next time? And maybe read up on the time period beforehand, too.