On January 17th and 18th, 2020, the students of the program “Design and Polygraphic Technologies”, Faculty of Textiles and Polygraphy (FTP), together with the associate professor, Dr. Cazac Viorica, participated in the Japan Art & Culture Festival, organized by the Embassy of Japan in the Republic Moldova at the National Museum of Art of Moldova.

The event included a series of activities, such as the seminar “Ukiyo-e Masters”, held on the 17th by Mrs. Rossela Menegazzo, specialist in oriental art, professor in arts within the Department of Cultural and Landscape Heritage of the University of Milan, Italy. The seminar was preceded by an exceptional exhibition with the theme “Ukiyo-e Masters, from the Edo period to the Meiji period”, during which over 80 works were displayed, Japanese color prints from the collection of the National Museum of Art of Moldova, these conveying the main themes of the Edo period, the ukiyo-e, between 1830 and 1860, but also the theme of the great political, social and artistic changes that took place in Japan with the beginning of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, and consequently during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

The moderator of the seminar, who studied and systematized the Japanese stamps in the museum’s collection, impressed the audience with a well-known description of the beauty of Japanese culture, the ukiyoe graphic technique and the kimono art, noting that the Japanese print is a splendid art, distinguished by finesse and chromatic refinement, which only the Japanese have been able to acquire.

Students also learned that, in Japanese, “ukiyo” means “transient world” and “e” means painting. “Ukiyo-e” or “paintings of the transient world” are lithographs produced in Japan using woodblock techniques. The color woodcuts represent the most popular type of Ukiyo-e art, the “images of the floating world”, which evolved in Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries, expressing the customs and culture of the new city and reaching maturity in Edo (today Tokyo).

Kimono art caught the attention of FTP students on the 18th, in which a defile of traditional Japanese kimono took place, presented by Mrs. Tomoko Hoashi, followed by a concert of music from Japanese folklore.

The exhibition will be displayed in the National Museum of Art of Moldova until March 15th.

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