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Shiko Munakata: Master of the Woodblock

A Southbank Centre Touring Exhibition

Sat 7 Dec 1991- Sat 25 Jan 1992

This, the first opportunity in this country to see the full range of the work of one of Japan’s greatest twentieth century artists Shiko Munakata (1903-75), comes direct from the Hayward Gallery as part of the Japan Festival 1991.

As a young man Munakata was inspired to become an painter by a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and, under the influence of the French Post-Impressionists, who had in their turn been inspired by Japanese prints, he turned to woodblock printmaking or ukiyo-e as it is known in Japan. He used traditional techniques in an entirely innovative way to create images from poems, legends and Buddhist subjects.

This exhibition has been developed in association with the Mingeikan (Folk Crafts Museum), Tokyo, supported by Mitsubishi Companies.