Exhibition – Photographic Images And Matter: Japanese Prints Of The 1970s


JFKL_Exhibition_A1_Poster_FA_OLExplore the world of 1970’s Japanese prints at Level 5, GMBB, Kuala Lumpur from 17 January to 27 February 2022, Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, USM, Penang from 10 March to 8 April 2022 and Sabah Art Gallery, Sabah from 18 April to 18 May 2022.

The exhibition features on print expressions from the 1970s as seen in the work of 14 artists who helped develop a print movement in the world of Japanese contemporary art in the 1970’s. During the golden age of art in Japan, there was a strong focus on materials such as print blocks, paper and ink, used to create artworks that were one-of-a kind. These subjective expressions, based on photographic images and matter, greatly expanded the print medium while also helping to shape trends in contemporary art as a whole.

This art movement was brought on by Tetsuya Noda, the recipient of International Grand Prize in the sixth edition of the International Biennial Exhibition of Prints, back in 1968. Noda’s works in transforming photographic portraits of his family into prints led to huge changes in prints globally, creating parallels between trends in contemporary prints and art, while inspiring future developments in the artistic sphere.

Divided into two sections, “The Age of Photographic Images,” focuses on the use of photographic images in the print medium using techniques such as silk screening and offset printing, which led to easy transformation of photographic images, and use of photoengraving in a new mainstream in printmaking. Visitors will be able to view artwork from artists such as Tetsuya Noda, Kosuke Kimura, Akira Matsumoto, Satoru Saito, Hideki Kimura and Sakumi Hagiwara.

“Images of Autonomous Matter,” showcases works that were shaped created using materials such as stone, wood, paper, cotton, and steel sheets. Allowing print blocks, paper, and ink to speak for themselves and giving rise to a new medium, the materialization of images that result in artworks with a focus on strong material quality. Exhibiting artists for this section are Jiro Takamatsu, Katsuro Yoshida, Koji Enokura, Shoichi Ida, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Lee Ufan, Mitsuo Kano, and Arinori Ichihara.

Exhibition Details – Japanese Prints of the 1970s ADMISSION: Open to public. Free of charge. (Subject to venue operating hours) For more info visit: https://www.jfkl.org.my/events/japanese-prints-1970/

17 Jan – 27 Feb 2022 Level 5, GMBB No. 2, Jalan Robertson, Bukit Bintang, 50150 Kuala Lumpur

10 Mar – 8 Apr 2022 Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah Universiti Sains Malaysia 11800 Gelugor, Penang

18 Apr – 18 May 2022 Sabah Art Gallery 14, Jalan Shantung, 88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah