'Japan. Land of geisha and samurai' at Casa dei Carraresi

A fascinating journey through six centuries of history, culture and traditions of Japan!

From 04 April 2019 to 30 June 2019

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From April 4 to June 30, 2019, Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso will house a fascinating exhibition dedicated to the Far East: 'Japan. Land of geisha and samurai'.

Through a careful selection of works, dating from the 14th to the 20th centuries, the Japanese geisha samurai exhibition in Treviso represents an original journey displaying armors, katanas, kimonos, paintings and calligraphy ... An enchanted cross-section of Japan’s history, art and culture spanning six centuries!

Produced by Artika and curated by Francesca Morena, the Japan exhibition in Treviso in 2019 at Casa dei Carraresi has been put together with the collaboration of the Cassamarca Foundation and the sponsorship of the City of Treviso. The works hail exclusively from the private collection of Valter Guarnieri, a passionate collector from Treviso who, over the last few decades, has assembled a vast collection of great quality dedicated to this civilization and its rare elegance and sophistication.

Housed in the rooms of Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso, the 2019 exhibition on Japan is developed according to thematic areas: its aim is to explore, on one hand, the various aspects related to customs and traditions of society in Japan and, on the other, the uniqueness and the history of the Guarnieri collection.

The Treviso exhibition in Japan starts from the combination of Geisha and Samurai, since long favored subjects in Japanese art. In the collective imagination, Japan is a country of geisha - beautiful and elegant women - and samurai - brave and determined warriors. From the 12th to the 19th century, the country of the Rising Sun was dominated by the military class that, despite the strict imposition of its political will, managed to create a very refined culture, whose influence is still felt today in many areas. In this first section you will admire precious armor of the 13th century, finely decorated kimonos of the 16th and 17th centuries, room dividers, painted scrolls, beautiful woodcuts by Utamaro, one of the greatest artists of ukiyo-e, mirrors and various objects of daily use such as the menuki used to secure bags to kimonos devoid of pockets. Also worthy of mention is a real rarity: a katana with an original blade from 1100s!

From the human world, the Japan exhibition in 2019 in Italy at Casa dei Carraresi shifts to that of the gods presenting to the visitor a synopsis of the native beliefs and influences hailing from the Asian continent. Buddhism, in particular, which came from India to Japan via China and Korea, profoundly influenced Japanese thought especially in its Zen variant, presented in this second section with a group of paintings, in a vertical scroll format, depicting Daruma , the legendary founder of this sect.

The in-depth study of Japanese art and culture continues in the third section, concerning several aspects of people’s daily life: from entertainment activities, such as No and Kabuki theater, to the use of the kimono and the predilection of Japanese artists for micro- sculpture, on show in Treviso with a collection of tobacco smoking accessories.

Of great appeal is also the section where traditional stories and topics related to literature become refined subjects for paintings: undeniably, people in Japan have always given great importance to traditional sources and reinterpreted them in different artistic genres.

The highlight of the Japanese geisha samurai exhibition in Treviso is dedicated to the intense relationship between Japan and nature which, according to Shintoism, a traditional philosophical and religious doctrine, is the very expression of divinity. The privileged relationship with Nature is analyzed through a series of paintings on a vertical scroll, many of which were made at the dawn of modern Japan, between the 19th and 20th centuries. In this room it will also be possible to admire an original Chashitsu, a small room where the Tea Ceremony was held, traditionally placed in gardens to purposely attain a spiritual harmony between Man and Nature.

After more than two centuries of isolation, towards the middle of the 19th century, Japan opened up to the outside world and, in a few decades, steadily advanced towards modernity. Europeans and Americans began to know and appreciate the refined arts of this mysterious land and, vice versa, many artisans of the Rising Sun began to adopt foreign techniques and styles producing works that would match the taste of the new buyers. Among these 'new' forms of art, previously unheard of in Japan at the time, there is author photography, another theme explored by this fascinating exhibition. During the 19th century many foreigners who visited the archipelago bought photographs to preserve and share the memories of this country as beautiful as secret: the range of photos shown in the exhibition was acquired by a mysterious traveler who noted in the margins of the photos, in Spanish, the places and activities depicted.

The exhibition wraps up with a section on calligraphy, one of the most complex and fascinating art forms in Japan: it is a kind of writing imbued with thought, which the Japanese have cultivated for centuries with wisdom, and here displayed on large room dividers decorated with powerful calligraphies.

At Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso, the 2019 exhibitions offer a pleasant surprise to all fans of the Far East... ‘Japan. Land of geisha and samurai', from April 4 to June 30, 2019!


Exhibition Times Casa dei Carraresi - ‘Japan. Land of geisha and samurai'

  • Tuesday to Friday, from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
  • Monday closed

Exhibition Tickets Casa dei Carraresi - ‘Japan. Land of geisha and samurai'

  • Adult: €12.00
  • Concessions: €10.00 - groups of min. 10 people, members of FAI, Arci and Touring Club, Trenitalia ticket holders with destination Treviso
  • Special concession: € 8.00 - students from 6 to 26 years
  • Family ticket: €8.00 per person for min. 2 adults and 1 child up to 18 years
  • Free - children up to 6 years old, journalists with prior accreditation, tourist guides with card, people with reduced mobility and carer
By Insidecom Editorial Staff