Shunga

Warning: The video below contains images of an explicit sexual content. If you think you may be offended please do not continue.

With that said the British Museum (that spectacular institution that I was dragged to as an unappreciative school girl) has a current Japanese exhibit of Shunga on display until January 2014.  Although the literal translation of Shunga is “spring pictures” rest assured Shunga is erotic art at it’s very best.  Revered in Japan for three hundred years the genre was prohibited for a period.

The works of Hokusai and Utamara represent the level of mastery exhibited in an exceptionally well presented show introduced to us in the video by the curator Tim Clark.

For those in the UK and able to stop by the British Museum you won’t be disappointed. For everyone else by all means press, PLAY!