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The extraordinary relationship between art and war in modern Japan is presented in this exhibition through a wide range of visual materials. Created as political propaganda, these works demonstrate the skill of artists who explored new aesthetic expressions, which proved critical in shaping Japan’s new identity as a modern nation and military power. This audio guide features an introduction in both English and Chinese, and expert commentary on 8 works of art from the exhibition.

Introduction (English)

English introduction by Philip Hu, associate curator-in-charge of Asian art with additional commentary by Rhiannon Paget, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art

Introduction (Chinese)

Chinese introduction by Mimi Huang, research assistant

Stop 1

Pictorial Board and Dice Game (sugoroku): The Warlike Spirit

Ogata Gekkō, 1893

Stop 2

Hurrah and Hurrah Again for the Great Empire of Japan! Great Victory for the Japanese Army in the Assault on Seonghwan

Mizuno Toshikata, 1894

Stop 3

Landing and Advancing toward Weihaiwei

Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1895

Stop 4

The Majesty of the Empire

Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1895-96

Stop 5

Ceremony for the Triumphant Return of the Army

Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1896

Stop 6

The Great Naval Battle outside the Harbor of Port Arthur: Great Victory of Our Troops on the Early Dawn of March 10, 1904

Ōkura Kōtō, 1904

Stop 7

Woman’s Short-Sleeved Robe with Design of Bomber Aircraft

Mizuno Toshikata, c.1940

Stop 8

At Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i, on December 8, 1941, the Imperial Navy Completely Destroys the American Pacific Fleet

Hasegawa Sadanobu III, 1942

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