3 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Parental guidance advised

Supported by Shunga in Japan LLP

Part of Japan400

Recommend this exhibition

Discover Japanese prints, paintings and drawings like no other.

‘the most explicit and brilliant pictures of pleasure ever produced’  The Independent


‘splendid’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Guardian
‘revelatory’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times


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Adults £7, Members free

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Open daily 10.00–17.30,
Fridays until 20.30

Last entry 80 minutes before closing

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Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Discover Japanese art like no other

Explicit and beautifully detailed, these works, produced between 1600 and 1900, have continued to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. The exhibition sheds new light on this taboo art form within Japanese social and cultural history. Parental guidance advised for visitors under 16.

Images: Torii Kiyonaga, detail taken from Sode no maki (Handscroll for the Sleeve, c.1785
Torii Kiyonobu, detail taken from untitled erotic pictures, c.1704-11, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto
Kitagawa Utamaro, detail taken from Utamakura (Poem of the Pillow), 1788
Katsukawa Shuncho, Koshoku zue juni ko (Erotic Pictures for the Twelve Months) International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto