Styles of Play:The History of Merrymaking in Art

June 26(Wed) - August 18(Sun)

“We are all born to play.” This famous line is from the Ryojin Hisho, a late twelfth-century collection of popular songs. In that spirit, this exhibition focuses on play, amusements, merrymaking as a theme in art. Games like sugoroku, a board game related to backgammon, or karuta, playing card games, dance, even fashion: men and women always become enthusiastically absorbed in enjoying all sorts of amusements. But their content changes over time. In this exhibition, famous seventeenth-century paintings and prints on the subject of recreation guide us to a deeper understanding of play in human life. Our fore-bearers made merry, sometimes artlessly, sometimes languorously. Let us imagine what merrymaking meant for them and what their secrets were for enjoying life in the floating world.
※There will be an exhibition change during the course of exhibition

Suntory Museum of Art (Galleria 3F)

*Friday,Saturday and July 14 and August 11 open until 20:00
*Last admission:30 minutes before closing.

Tuesday (However, August 13 is open until 18:00)

General 1,300yen
University and High school Students 1,000yen
Junior high school Students and under may enter for free


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