Event Preview: A Night Out at Shunga at The British Museum

Shunga - AfterglowOn Friday 1st November from 6.30pm to 10pm Sexual Alchemy and Afterglow will be teaming up for a group visit to The British Museum to see Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art. And you’re invited!

They’ll be meeting up at 6:30pm just inside the museum to then explore the exhibition together. Afterwards you’re welcome to join them for a little dinner and discussion about the exhibit at the Wagamama just around the corner.

Please visit the British museum website to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are £7 per adult (plus a £1 booking fee) or free to members of the museum.

Find out more and purchase your ticket here:http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/shunga.aspxClick here to join the event on Facebook and let Sexual Alchemy and Afterglow know you’re coming.

Discover Japanese prints, paintings and drawings like no other.

Produced from 1600 to 1900 and banned in Japan for much of the 20th century, these explicit and beautifully detailed erotic paintings, prints and books inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, Rodin and Picasso.

Mostly created by the artists of the ukiyo-e or ‘floating world’ school, these popular works were known as shunga – literally ‘spring pictures’. They appealed to all classes in Japan for almost 300 years, and to men and women alike. Frequently tender and humorous, they celebrate sexual pleasure in all its forms in brilliantly coloured paintings and prints, culminating with beautiful and explicit works by iconic artists Utamaro, Hokusai and Kunisada.

Within Japan, shunga has continued to influence modern forms of art, including manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art. The exhibition sheds new light on this unique art form within Japanese social and cultural history.

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