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The Art Institute of Chicago
Michigan Avenue Entrance
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603

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  Members Only Public
Monday 10-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday Closed Closed
Thursday-Friday 10-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 10-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-6 a.m.

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Current Exhibition

The Golden Age of Kabuki Prints

January 15-April 10, 2022 and April 16-June 26, 2022
The Kabuki theater district of 18th-century Edo (modern-day Tokyo) was one of the centers of urban life. At the theater, people could escape the rigid confines of a society controlled by the shogunal government and watch their favorite actors perform in dramas that were often based on ancient historical events and myths. The drama of Kabuki theater was most successfully conveyed in the prints of the Katsukawa School of artists because they captured the individual characteristics of each actor. Founded by Katsukawa Shunshō (1726–1792), the Katsukawa school included several prominent artists, including Katsukawa Shunkō (1743–1812) and Shun’ei (1762–1819). This exhibition includes examples by all three of these artists and is drawn from the more than 700 Katsukawa School prints in the Art Institute’s collection.

Upcoming Exhibitions at Artic

Among Friends and Family
July 2-September 25, 2022
The many cultures and traditions across Asia offer countless examples of visually beautiful and emotionally profound art reflecting the importance of time spent with loved ones. The Among Friends and Family exhibition presents a selection of objects from China, Japan, and Korea that portray some of the gatherings that invigorate both everyday life and special occasions.

Recollections of Tokyo
July 2-September 25, 2022
Tokyo was devastated by the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 but developed at an astounding rate over the next few decades. During this period, a number of printmakers documented their impressions of both the ruin of the city and its rebirth. In this Japanese print exhibition, the representation of lost buildings and outmoded entertainments can remind us of time’s passage and the ever-changing nature of a dynamic urban metropolis.

Upcoming Lecture

The Afterlife Journey: Divine Protectors and Guides in Korean Buddhist Painting
In-person lecture, June 30, 4-5pm
Join Cheeyun Lilian Kwon, professor at the School of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, as she discusses the Ksitigarbha painting in the Art Institute’s collection. Influenced by an unique amalgamation of various sources, Korea adopted a vision of the afterlife that was protected by the Ksitigarbha bodhisattva and accompanied by a host of heavenly beings. In this talk, Cheeyun Lilian Kwon will discuss the Ksitigarbha painting in light of the Buddhist tradition that became deeply rooted in Korea for over a millennium. Such paintings acted as central agents in the Buddhist rituals dedicated for the dead in pre-modern Korea.
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