Japan Society is pleased to present Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing on view December 10, 2021 – March 20, 2022.
This new presentation of nearly 100 path-breaking works by celebrated artist Shikō Munakata (1903-1975) is organized from Japan Society’s rare collection—the largest Munakata collection in the United States. Primarily known for his powerfully expressive woodblock prints, this exhibition reveals the breadth of Munakata’s oeuvre, which spanned from prints to calligraphy, sumi ink paintings, watercolors, lithography, and ceramics.
With his bold, spontaneous, and sketch-like lines, Munakata developed an innovative style that revolutionized the woodblock print.
This full set will be on view for the first time since 1965. No matter the medium, Munakata’s artistic explorations were characterized by a spirited curiosity and relentless experimentation.
The exhibition underscores Munakata’s first visit to the United States in 1959 as a Fellow in Japan Society’s Print Artists Program, and includes works he made expressly for Japan Society during his time in New York. Original, experiential exhibition design is by New York- and Barcelona-based MAIO Architects, with graphic design by Eline Mul.
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing is organized by Japan Society and curated by Tiffany Lambert.
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing is supported, in part, by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, Shigesuke, and Noriko Kashiwagi, and The American Chai Trust. Special thanks to Sondra Castile, and the Family of Beate Sirota Gordon.
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