Art, Yokai Roundabout: Nightmares and Mysteries of the Rising Sun in the Royal Villa of Monza

It would be necessary to compete with a test of samurai’s courage to visit the exhibition: the room of a hundred candles, where the legendary members of the Japanese military house told each other horror stories and then looked at themselves in the darkest corner. Weather It will be the entrance to “Yōkai”, a gallery of ancient images of Japanese monsters and more in a sunrise fantasy.

Which – as anyone who’s watched films like “Ringu (The Ring)” knows – has a different vocabulary and even singularity compared to the Western world, a paradigm shift not unlike the sense of composition and balance in the world of visual arts. Europeans knew only between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, and removed the rules of the Academy. In short: the way to tell horror and fear, in Japan, responds to monsters different from those known on the ancient continent: this is what the project hosted by Belvedere at the Royal Villa of Monza will talk about starting April 30.

But “Yōkai” brings with it so much more. First of all, back – after Serrone – to the central body of the Reggia for a large exhibition, where we mean by a large scale a scientific proposal, even at first and not an exact copy of a replica of a show. Hence because it is the first appearance of Vertigo Syndrome, the show production and organization company founded by Chiara Spinato and based in Monza.

“The vertigo that Vertigo Syndrome wants its visitors to feel is that which gives it the thrill of discovery – he wrote in advance the reality that was born last January – a discovery that will grow step by step within its paths of presentation marked by strength and impact. The proposed message.”
And again: “I chose to start from the city in which I live, which I know its history and its wonderful artistic and natural riches, and I believe has great potential for growth from a cultural and tourist point of view.”

On display until the end of August, there will be two hundred works by Japanese artists from the 18th and 19th centuries including woodcuts, rare old books, historical clothing, traditional weapons, samurai armor, and the precious Bertucci collection, 77 nitsuki, small ivory carvings, yet to be shown to the public , just as a ten-meter scroll would tell the story of Shutendoji, a mythical creature (oni) at the head of an army of monsters that invaded a mountain or near Kyoto. The exhibition is curated by Paolo Linetti, Director of the Museum of Oriental Art – Mazzocchi Collection since September 2017 who, among others, curated the exhibition at the Scuderie del Castello Visconteo in Pavia Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaru.

In the works presented at Monza we will talk about Jorogumo, the attractive woman who reveals to the victims her true nature as huge spiders, or the feral cats of the mutated Tanuki and Pakiniko. And again from Kappa, the aquatic creatures, from Ningyo, Okiku, Kodama and Omujade, Kaiju and Oogumo. It is the monsters of these stories that will make up the way to the eleven sections of a ‘journey among the spirits, creatures, and beasts of Japanese folklore: sometimes hideous, malevolent, and often willingly frightened creatures, which have long inhabited the congregation. The fantasy and daily newspaper of Japanese men and women, all They are well aware of coexisting and dealing with these pesky creatures.Yokai (monsters), pakimono (shape-changing monsters), and yuri (ghosts and their return) fill the woodcuts on display, along with dragons, goblins, mutated foxes, killer bats, ghosts, and vampire frogs. blood.”

“The exhibition is the result of a study that has compared art historians, Japanese folklore scholars, and professors of Greek mythology, theology, mythology and the history of Western science, and will allow the visitor to learn in depth about the wonderful, strange and completely uncommon creatures that inhabit Japanese mythology – said curator Paolo Linetti – many of these spirits Coming straight from the pages of myth and popular culture, passed down through the generations, fearsome creatures with supernatural powers, some evil, some good, some prefer to live in the wild and avoid humans, and others choose to live near or among them.

Among the sections there is also the one produced by Hop! , with the works of Loputyn, stage name of Jessica Cioffi, “The Painter from Brescia is followed like a rock star by a lively place of hotaku manga lovers, which offers six original tables, created for the occasion inspired and interpreted by many Japanese myths.”

Tickets for the exhibition are already on sale (Monster Japanese.it) and for those who choose to pre-show by April 29, the exhibition poster with dimensions of 100 x 140 cm is free (while stock is in the past).

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