Nihon no hanga’s November exhibition will focus on the entire series of One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era by Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945). Various prints from the series have played important roles in the past exhibitions of Nihon no hanga, but only a number of the entire set have been shown to the public. It will be the first time that a museum will showcase a complete set of the series released by the artist himself in 1940.
Koizumi Kishio was a creative print (sōsaku hanga) artist who was dedicated to the complete self-production of his prints. One of his greatest ambitions was to create a series of one hundred views of Tokyo. He was inspired by great woodblock print artists such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), who both devoted series to the city – then known as Edo. During the course of Kishio’s project, Tokyo changed significantly. Through the city’s hardships of the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, and the following period of immense urban upheaval, Kishio continued to find inspiration for his woodblock prints in the ever-changing metropolis of ‘Great Tokyo’. From the first print in October 1928 to the hundredth design of December 1937, Kishio worked diligently on what he called his ‘life’s work’. Through one hundred views, the exhibition will explore Kishio’s personal interpretation of the reconstructed visual identity of Tokyo, as well as highlighting the intriguing story behind the making of the series.
The exhibition can be visited during the weekends in November 2019. Nihon no hanga opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 till 16.00. On Saturday 30 November, Nihon no hanga will be closed. To enter the museum, ring the doorbell. More information about the upcoming exhibition and the museum can be found on the official website.
Source: Nihon no hanga