The temporary exhibition of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Calle Alcalá, 13, Madrid) opens tomorrow May 15th, its exhibition Fantasy on stage. Kunisada and Utagawa School, co-organized by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, the Royal Academy of Pharmacy, FUJITSU and Cajamurcia Foundation, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Spain. The exhibition will be on display until July 10th.
The beginning of the Edo period saw a growth of industry and commerce that had a direct impact on population growth in urban areas, especially in the capital which gives its name to the period, Edo, now Tokyo. In the cities, the presence of areas of pleasure, teahouses and kabuki theaters reflected a mentality that valued above all the world of fugitives or temporary pleasures, called ‘ukiyo’. This world was exceptionally captured by the ‘ukiyo-e’, whose theme covers issues of daily life, views of famous places or kabuki actors.