Art Gallery of Alberta

Experience the extraordinary in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age opening at your AGA November 3.

Edmonton, AB (October 23/12) – Enter a world of shoguns, samurai and swords in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), November 3, 2012 to February 18, 2013.

On loan from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s world-famous Asian art collection, EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age showcases paintings, ceramics, lacquerware, as well as elaborate suits of armour and fantastic samurai swords. In Edo Japan (1603-1868), the samurai, along with the powerful shoguns, were part of the ruling military class. The samurai wielded uncontested power and could even put to death a disrespectful commoner on the spot!

Also featured in EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age are several works on paper, including the famed Ukiyo-e prints. These prints were favoured by the merchant class and depicted the day-to-day life of the people of Edo Japan—giving a glimpse of the different social classes, their occupations, the clothes they wore and even the way the women styled their hair.

Exquisite craftsmanship and technical ingenuity are hallmarks of the Edo period and are evident in the art objects on display; the broad range of artistic goods included in the exhibition speaks to the strength and diversity of arts-based practices in Edo Japan.

EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria with assistance from the Canadian Department of Heritage Museum Assistance Program and curated by Barry Till, Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

For more information or to coordinate interviews please contact:
Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
T: 780.392.2468
E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

Friday, November 2, 1 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta
Itinerary:

  • REMARKS
    –        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Interviews are available with:
    –        Catherine Crowston, Executive Director / Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
    –        Ruth Burns, Associate Curator / Interpretive Programs Manager

 

  • Exclusive Media Preview with access to EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age
    Please RSVP by contacting:
    Kimberly Van Nieuvenhuyse, Communications Specialist
    T: 780.392.2468
    E: Kimberly.VanNieuvenhuyse@youraga.ca

 

Public Programs and Events

Members’ Opening Reception: EDO: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age
Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
AGA Members and VIP’s Only

The EDO Talks: Special In-Gallery Series
November 7, November 21 and December 5, 7 pm

Art for Lunch: Samurai in Edo Japan
Thursday, November 15, 12:10-12:50 pm

BMO All Day Sunday: Edo Adventure
Sunday, November 18, noon-4 pm

AGA Book Club: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell (2010)
Thursday, November 29, 7 pm

Art for Lunch: Ukiyo-e: Visions of the Floating World
Thursday, December 20, 12:10-12:50 pm

 

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.