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    Shunga and Japanese art at the British Museum in London

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    Premise: if you are under 16, unfortunately it will be very difficult for you to be able to see this exhibition, as the British Museum has imposed an age restriction on visitors.

    Because? Because this temporary exhibition collects erotic prints and paintings and sexually explicit from Japanese art that have inspired the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec over time, Picasso and Rodin, who loved to collect them.

    Produced in Japan between the 1600s and the mid 1800s, during a period of total closure of the country to everything from the outside, these paintings were viewed with completely different eyes from those that would be spontaneous to use today.
    Shunga literally means "spring painting”And was addressed to men and women of all social classes, by which it was recognized as an artistic form in all respects, not as" entertainment "for a particular type of people.

    Il British Museum demonstrates that he knows how to give the public a piece of the history of Japanese culture and art that can help the observer understand the history of human culture in general, regardless of how uncomfortable or controversial it may be.
    Go there only if you are ready to view the paintings and canvases with an open mind and without preconceptions, as the show will feature sex, masturbation and genital scenes.

    Artists such as Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai were celebrated by people from all walks of life, and have also influenced contemporary art forms such as manga, the anime and the Japanese art of tattoo.
    These 165 works include paintings, prints and illustrated books and will be on display at the British Museum from 3 October 2013 to 5 January 2014.

    For more information about prices and reservations, consult the website of British Museum.

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