In 2008, the Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), a part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., dismantled an exhibit and was looking for a home for several of the very large pieces. They approached the Prange Collection staff, who was happy to receive the artwork and display it in the collection’s lobby. The artwork has been displayed there ever since.
Two of the three pieces are oversized copies of well-known works that were cut into strips and applied to an accordion mount. Each piece incorporates two artworks: Utagawa Hiroshige’s, From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Nihonbashi, Morning View, & Kitagawa Utamaro’s, At the Foot of Ryogoku Bridge, on one and Katsushika Hokusai’s, From the Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Warm Breeze, Fair Weather, “Red Fuji,” & Utagawa Hiroshige’s, From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Kambara Night Snow, on the other.
Though the works have held up well over the years, they are now beginning to peel off of the mount. Watch as a Prange staff member glues them back down.