2015 / Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century, One year exhibition closing April 19



PAM Shin Hanga Rouge

Ito Shinsui “Rouge” 1992. Woodblock print on paper. USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection. Gift of Margaret Moore.

USC Pacific Asia Museum

A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century

April 25, 2014 through April 19, 2015

Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints fell by the wayside in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression.

The exhibition presents examples of shin hanga (modern or new prints) and sosaku hanga (creative prints) side-by-side to bring their differences and their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as distinguishing characteristics from the earlier print forms that originally gained popularity in the West.

Major artists of the shin hanga and sosaku hanga movements, including Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Ito Shinsui, Kiyoshi Saito, and Munakata Shiko, are featured in two complete six-month rotations.