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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, "Kyokumari, the popular cat" (private collection)

If Cats Were People, If People Were Cats "Moshi Neko Exhibition"/The Museum of Kyoto

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - Sunday, November 12, 2023
10:00-18:00 *Friday until 19:30 (last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Kyoto Culture Museum

The "Moshi Neko Exhibition" is being held at the [Kyoto Culture Museum] until November 12, 2023 (Sun.).
'What if my cat talked like a person?' Have you ever imagined such a thing? If cats were people. If people were cats. Ukiyoe artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, known as a great cat lover, intensively anthropomorphized cats and painted a series of works in which actors were cats, beginning around 1841.
This exhibition introduces 135 ukiyoe and other works featuring cats. While focusing on Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the artist who painted them, the exhibition explores the fascination of anthropomorphic expressions in the Edo period. The humorous and charming human-like appearance of cats is sure to make you giggle. Enjoy Kuniyoshi's observational skills and precise expressions, as well as his numerous works full of witty ideas.

What If Cats Exhibition

  • What if ...?
  • Kyoto Culture Museum
  • Saturday, September 23, 2023 - Sunday, November 12, 2023 10:00 - 18:00 *Friday until 19:30 (last admission 30 minutes before closing)
  • Adults 1600 yen, High school and college students 1000 yen, Elementary and junior high school students 500 yen
  • Takakura, Sanjo, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • 4-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station
  • Tel.075-222-0888
  • Closed on Mondays (open on October 9), closed on October 10
  • No parking
  • https://www.bunpaku.or.jp/
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