Hi Buzztrippers!! Today I am going to guide you to Japan, without moving from Pordenone. How can it be possible? Follow my Buzz and I will disclose you the secrets of an exhibition that is currently taking place at Galleria d’Arte moderna and Contemporanea Armando Pizzinato, in Pordenone city center. The exhibition is called Yume – Japanese Dreams, and is perfect if you intend to get closer to Japan and its culture. You will need approximately 30 minutes to complete the itinerary that, despite its shortness, is definitely worth a visit.
You will have the opportunity of observing 90 photos (all belonging to G.Marco Vittorio collection), taken by 19th century European photographers during their journeys to Japan. Photos of Yume are all characterized by the “albumin technique”: as a matter of fact, the albumen was used as glue, mixed with sodium chloride, to produce a suitable photographic paper base. Furthermore, according to 19th century fashion, some photos’ elements were water-colored, thus presenting a touch of brightness and originality: this trick was implemented to improve both the quality and the variety of the photo albums brought to Europe by tourists. Generally, even the photos scenarios and poses were not always realistic, since the aim of photographers was that of evoking exoticism, mystery and eccentrity.
The exhibtion Yume is arranged around three themes:
Women- here, the geisha beauty and capital role in society seems to be the real attraction for European tourists, since this section is the biggest of the exhibition. Women are portrayed while preparing to entertain their guests, in their intimacy, and let us understand how important they were for Japanese high-society men. Parts of the cities were entirely dedicated to geisha and oiran (high-standard courtesans), real celebrities, who were highly educated and trained to entertain men by dancing, singing, writing poems and conversing. The idea of associating geisha with prostitution and sex is totally misleading, since sexual practice were nor compulsory neither expected.
Men: in this section, both ordinary workers and samurai are skilfully portrayed. Photographers focused on the rural quaintness, extreme poverty and hard work of peasants working in Japanese countrysides, or chose to depict samurai, captured while training or with their weapons and armours. Do not forget that samurai were not only rude warriors: as a matter of fact, they combined strength and bravery with philosophical and behavioural rules (called Bushido), that made them excellent and cultivated people, before being outstanding warriors.
Architecture and Landscapes: the smallest exhibition section is dedicated to architecture and landscapes. Here, you will observe the lively main road of Nagasaki (knowing what happened in the 20th century, the bright photos will definitely strike a chord); the beauty of a temple located in the very heart of a wood; the strange and gorgeous architecture of rich countryside mansions. You will end your short journey to Japan with some living images in your mind, feeling a little closer to this wonderful and mysterious land
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