Bathing Woman

Erotic art from Japan

East Asian "Shunga" (spring paintings) convey a seemingly carefree approach to nakedness and sexuality. The exhibition "SHUNGA. Erotic Art from Japan" at the MAK Design Laboratory shows the artistic quality of the explicitly erotic colored woodcuts, which have become a mass phenomenon despite the lengthy ban imposed by the Japanese government. Single sheets, albums and books by notable masters such as Suzuki Harunobu, Katsushika Hokusai or Kitagawa Utamoro give an insight into this often taboo aspect of Japanese art history.

The exhibition begins with early Shunga series from the 17th century. It ends with selected photographic works by the Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki (born 1940), who makes reference to Shunga in a series of nudes. Characteristic features of Shunga are the accuracy of the anatomical detail, occasionally extreme body postures and outsized genitalia.

Note: The exhibition contains explicit erotic illustrations which could offend the moral sensitivity of people under 16 years of age. Access is nevertheless granted.

SHUNGA. Erotic art from Japan

12 October 2016 - 29 January 2017

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

Stubenring 5 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Every Tuesday: MAK NITE with free admission from 6 pm - 10 pm
    • Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 24/5% off
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 22:00
    • We - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.

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