Circus and entertainers: CIRCUS AND JAPAN. PRINTS FROM THE EDO AND MEIJI PERIODS

until 17 May 2022.

For the 9th edition of "Le Temps des Collections", named "Circus and acrobats", the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an exceptional collection, the JY and G. Borg collection, one of the most important private collections on the theme of the circus as well as prestigious loans from major institutions. Paintings, drawings, posters, works of art, costumes, toys, sculptures or photographs retrace the history of the circus and its intimate links with the world of art and artists. A cultural spectacle, the circus has inspired painters, visual artists and photographers since its origin. Colors and shapes evolve over time, but the works always reflect the emotions of the artist in front of this human spectacle, whose fertile richness stimulates the imagination.

The collection of prints on the theme of the circus and acrobats presented in this exhibition is unprecedented both for its rare and original iconography, and for what it bears witness to the history of the circus in Japan in the 19th century. It describes the evolution of the circus within the archipelago, from traveling street performances to the introduction of the Western circus when Edo Bay was opened to Westerners and the Meiji Restoration.

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