Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered
April 8–July 9, 2017

For the first time in nearly 140 years, three large-scale works by the legendary Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro are reunited. The exhibition showcases "Moon at Shinagawa" from the Freer|Sackler along with "Snow at Fukagawa" from the Okada Museum of Art and "Cherry Blossoms at Yoshiwara" from the Wadsworth Atheneum...
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Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered
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A haiku in the center of this Japanese print compares the warrior Ushiwakamaru to a spike of frost that can push through the ground in freezing weather:

A spike of frost
reveals its strength
as it lunges forward.

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A haiku in the center of this Japanese print compares the warrior

The Actors Arashi Kitsuburu II as Kumasaka Chohan and Sawamura Kunitaro as Ushiwakamaru

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"The idea of 'inventing' Utamaro refers both to how little is known about him, and how his reputation was built up and marketed by savvy entrepreneurs catering to the taste for Asian exotica in cities like Paris." Read the Washington Post's review of "Inventing Utamaro," now on view.
The idea of inventing Utamaro refers both to how little is known

Review | Three large masterpieces, reunited for the first time

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Gaze at this fascinating artwork by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting.

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Artwork: 'Tametomo's Ten Heroic Deeds', from the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries 04/14/2017
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Investigate the facts, fantasies, and mysteries of "Inventing Utamaro," opening tomorrow. asia.si.edu/utamaro
Investigate the facts fantasies and mysteries of Inventing Utamaro opening tomor

This Rare Display of a Japanese Triptych is Only Usurped by the Great Mysteries Surrounding It

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Both performances of "Moonlight Revelry: A Rakugo Performance" by Katsura Sunshine on Sunday, April 9, have been canceled. Instead, join us for gallery talks by Julie Nelson Davis, cocurator of "Inventing Utamaro."
Both performances of Moonlight Revelry A Rakugo Performance by Katsura Sunshine on

Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered

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For the first time in nearly 140 years, three large-scale works by the legendary Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro are reunited in "Inventing Utamaro," opening Saturday. Depicting the theme of “snow, moon, and flowers,” the triptych was last shown in Japan in 1879. The Freer|Sackler is the only location at which all three original pieces are on view.
For the first time in nearly 140 years three largescale works by

Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered

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No joke: MC Yan and Fab 5 Freddy were on WJLA-TV (ABC) Good Morning Washington to talk about their work in "Kung Fu Wildstyle." The exhibition examines how Bruce Lee and kung fu affected New York City’s street culture and emerging hip-hop scene in the 1970s. It's open today through the end of the month.
No joke MC Yan and Fab 5 Freddy were on WJLATV ABC

Kung Fu Wildstyle

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Mingle with the artists and enjoy free refreshments to celebrate the opening of "Kung Fu Wildstyle." asia.si.edu/kungfu

To celebrate the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, we present a month-long exhibition and program series highlighting connections between African American and East Asian art, music, and film. The exhibition explores pop culture through contemporary...
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Mingle with the artists and enjoy free refreshments to celebrate the opening

Kung Fu Wildstyle Opening Reception

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To celebrate the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, tomorrow we begin a month-long exhibition and program series highlighting connections between African American and East Asian art, music, and film. "Kung Fu Wildstyle" explores pop culture through contemporary street art, featuring works by legendary street artist and hip-hop impresario Fab 5 Freddy and Hong...
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To celebrate the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Kung Fu Wildstyle

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Journey through Asia right here in DC with the Silk Road Society! A group of dynamic young professionals, SRS members enjoy special access to the museum’s exhibitions and popular evening events, plus discounts in Smithsonian shops and at DC-area hotspots. Join now!
Journey through Asia right here in DC with the Silk Road Society

Silk Road Society

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From a celebration of Bruce Lee's martial aesthetics to the first-ever appearance of Botticelli's Venus on American shores.
Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries 03/28/2017

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Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration
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This event is held at the National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater.

Toshiro Mifune is at his wily, charismatic best in this beautifully filmed, darkly comic masterpiece from Akira Kurosawa. He plays a masterless samurai who exploits a war between two village clans for his own gain. Heavily influenced by American Westerns and, in turn, the template for both Sergio Leone’s...
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Film: "Yojimbo"

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NPR joined us for tonight's netsuke demonstration.