Carnegie Museum of Art Announces Events and Programs for Hiroshige's Tokaido Road

Rare presentation of Japanese prints runs March 31–July 22

Utagawa Hiroshige, ‘Kakegawa,’ c. 1833-1834, woodblock print on paper, Carnegie Museum of Art, Bequest of Dr. James B. Austin



Pittsburgh, PA…Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road opens this weekend at CMOA, with programming for all ages throughout its run. Including a day-long Children’s Day Celebration featuring Pittsburgh Taiko drummers, art making, and our popular Crash Course series, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô is among the most celebrated works of Japanese art. For the first time in 25 years, CMOA presents prints from our first Hōeidō edition; 55 in total, created between 1831 and 1834. The series depicts the spectacular landscapes and interesting characters encountered along the journey from Edo (now Tokyo) to the imperial capital Kyoto.


For registration and more information, please visit our website, or call 412-622-3288

ARTventures: Print-Making Sundays

April 8–May 27, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm

Just drop in for this all-ages printmaking workshop inspired by the masterwork Japanese woodblock prints in Hiroshige's Tōkaidō Road. Free with admission.

Children’s Day Celebration with Pittsburgh Taiko Drummers

May 5, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm

Celebrate the children in your life by attending Kodomo no hi—Children’s Day—at CMOA!

The art and culture of Japan awaits your entire family inspired by this Japanese national holiday and our exhibition Hiroshige’s Tōkaidō Road. Make flags decorated with spirited koi fish (carp), listen to Japanese folk tales and stories, see and touch a Samurai helmet, and try a traditional rice Mochi cake. View the prints and touch a woodblock in the exhibition and create your own prints that tell about a favorite journey. The powerful rumbling sounds of Pittsburgh Taiko drummers round out this fun-filled afternoon.

This event is cosponsored by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania.

Crash Course: The Arts and Culture of Japan

Starts June 6, choose 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. or 6–8 p.m.

The class meets on four Wednesdays. Morning and evening sessions available.

Celebrate the rare showing of Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido Road with a deep dive into the development and pervasive influence of Japanese art. Starting with the woodblock prints of master printmaker Utagawa (Andō) Hiroshige, travel backwards and forwards to more fully understand the development of art forms considered to be unique to Japan. Explore China’s early influences on aesthetics and styles, Japan’s interest in harmony and nature, and the impact of trade with the West in the 19th century.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Bernard S. and Barbara F. Mars Art Exhibition Endowment.

General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. The programs of the Heinz Architectural Center are made possible by the generosity of the Drue Heinz Trust. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.