Side Events

NUMEROUS EVENTS ENHANCE THE EXHIBITION. MEETINGS ARE INCLUDED WITH THE TICKET FOR THE CURRENT DAY'S EXHIBITION. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY VISITED THE EXHIBITION AND WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN AN EVENT, WE REMEMBER THE POSSIBILITY OF A "RETURN TICKET" (FURTHER INFORMATION IN THE PRICE LIST)

THE WAY OF THE GEISHA TO THE CINEMA: FROM SHIRLEY MCLANE TO ROB MARSHALL'S 'MEMORIES OF A GEISHA'

MEETING WITH THE CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION PAOLA SCROLAVEZZA

In the collective imagination overseas, the figure of the geisha is still today the symbol of a unique and absolute femininity, in which refinement and elegance are tinged with eroticism.

An image of romantic origin, formed on the basis of the stories of the first travelers who arrived in Japan from Europe in the mid-nineteenth century following the opening of the country after almost two centuries of closure, and strengthened by the portraits of Kitagawa’s ukiyoe prints Utamaro (1753-1806), who rapidly invaded overseas countries, influencing many artists, including Van Gogh, Pissarro, Beardsley.

The widespread fascination for this figure originates in the well-rooted idea that the geisha lives an existence devoted to the search for beauty and perfection in the artistic field, at the center of which is the aspiration to make herself a work of art living.

However, what captures the gaze and titillates the desire of the foreign observer is not so much the ability in the traditional arts – dance, music, singing – but rather the aesthetics of which the geisha seems to be the interpreter: the grace of the movements and the posture, the harmony of colors and drapes, the complexity of the hairstyle, the sensuality of the white nape deliberately left uncovered.

The lure and seduction of an exoticism that found its best expression in works such as Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti, or Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, but which can still be found today in cinema, from the sophisticated Hollywood comedy of the 60s to Memoirs of a geisha, the controversial film by Rob Marshall based on Arthur Golden’s best-seller.

A meeting for all enthusiasts and curious.

THE JAPANESE OF AUBREY BEARDSLEY. «SOMETHING SUGGESTIVE OF JAPAN»?

MEETING WITH PROFESSOR GINO SCATASTA

Aubrey Beardsley’s Japanism. “Something suggestive of Japan?”

Japanism invaded Europe in the mid-19th century, but by the time it reached Britain its influence on younger artists seemed to have faded. Aubrey Beardsley had a rapid but intense career, became famous with his scandalous drawings for Wilde’s Salome, and died very young in 1898. In him, Japanism returned as a life-giving experience, and his knowledge of Japanese prints, of which he was also a collector, helped to move him away from the Pre-Raphaelitism of his early works and open him to modernity. Come and discover with Professor Gino Scatasta the phenomenon of Japanism.

THE METAMORPHOSES OF THE SHINING PRINCE

MEETING WITH GIORGIO AMITRANO MEETING ON THE SALTO OFF 2024 CIRCUIT

The meeting is dedicated to Genji monogatari (The Story of Genji), a masterpiece dating back to the early 11th century, and its contemporary variations in a surprising variety of theatrical and cinematographic adaptations, and manga and anime versions.

The meeting is coordinated by Giorgio Amitrano, full professor of Japanese language and literature at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”.

Professor Amitrano is the official translator in Italy of famous authors such as Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Miyazawa Kenji, Murakami Haruki and Yoshimoto Banana.

Among the awards obtained, the Noma Translation Award 2001, the Grinzane-Cavour Prize 2008, the Giovanni, Emma and Luis Enriques Prize 2018 and, in 2020, the honor of the Japanese government “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Ribbon” .

Since 2013 he has been director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo for four years.

He is the author of a monograph on Kawabata, published in Japan in 2007, and of the volume Iroiro. Japan between pop and sublime (2018), Umberto Agnelli Award 2020.

The right person to learn the story of the Shining Prince together.

Event in the OFF circuit of SalTO 2024.

MOYOCO YEAR AND THE LEGACY OF BIJINGA

MEETING WITH anna specchio

The term bijinga refers to depictions of beautiful maidens in Japanese art.

Although it is used in particular reference to woodcuts of the modern era, it indicates in a broader sense all portraits of beautiful women.

Today, manga, conveys such depictions through artists who depict beautiful women in a pop style. Moyoco Anno, an internationally renowned mangaka and artist, known in Italy for titles such as Sakuran, Memoirs of a Gentleman, Buffalo 5 Girls or This Is Not My Body, is one of them.

In this presentation we will discuss female representations within her manga and paintings, as well as the themes she touches on in her works.

SADAYAKKO IN TURIN AND THE DISCOVERY OF JAPANESE THEATER

MEETING WITH Carmen Covito

In April 1902 a Japanese theater show was presented to the Italian public for the first time.

Sadayakko, a former geisha turned actress who had been lionized by European journalists as “the Duse of Japan,” aroused great curiosity, sparked controversy among critics and was admired for her exoticism.

Many believed they saw the scenes of prints, fans and other art objects that had nourished the fashion of Japonism come to life before their eyes, suffused with a delightful regret for a world that was disappearing.

In reality, Sadayakko’s subsequent career in Japan reveals that she was an innovator, protagonist and pioneer of the affirmation of women on stages traditionally reserved for men.

Today we can see her as an emblematic figure of the transition from the spirit of research of the Meiji era to the modernity of the Taishō era with its cultural effervescence. A meeting to get to know “the Duse of Japan” together with the author Carmen Covito.

THE ORIGIN OF MANGA IN A JAPAN SUSPENDED BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNITY

MEETING WITH FABIO VALERIO, EDITOR IN CHIEF OF MONDO JAPAN

A meeting, to discover and understand, an exotic world full of beauty and harmony that has been able to transport all this onto paper in the form of comics.

A Universe sometimes contradictory but rich in art and culture.

A story that begins with Hokusai, to evolve into an unparalleled stylistic-aesthetic diversification, moving on to Master Osamu Tezuka who laid the foundations for modern Manga, arriving in this new Millennium whose artistic form has become part of the International Japan Cool project.

The meeting coordinated by Fabio Valerio will take you through some of the Mangaka who have been able to bring manga, to be one of the most successful readings in the World, from Go Nagai to Leiji Matsumoto, from Eiichiro Oda to Rumiko Takahashi…in a context where secular folklore is mixed with hyper-technology.

Arriving in Italy with the evolution of manga from the 1980s to the present, including successes, criticism, and new social forms.