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Compiled by Tina Burge ACT Stars of the Tokyo Stage – Natori Shunsen’s kabuki actor prints 19 July ­ 12 October 2014 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra The exhibition’s kabuki actor prints reveals the dynamic world of Japan’s kabuki theatre through actor portraits created by artist Natori Shunsen (1886­1960) in the 1920s and 30s.

An inspiration to artists for centuries, kabuki draws on Japan’s rich folklore, literature and history, as well as violent, romantic and scandalous events, to present lavish and dramatic performances.

Kabuki actors were extremely popular in Japan and were renowned for their flamboyant portrayals, extraordinary characters and colourful personal lives...