Munakata Shiko Exhibition

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東北復興支援特別企画 棟方志功 祈りと旅 
Benzaiten (Saraswati) by Munakata Shiko, 1965. Courtesy of the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art

Shikō Munakata (1903 – 1975) is one of Japan’s most famous woodblock printmakers. The son of a rural Aomori blacksmith, he moved to Tokyo to fulfill his artistic ambitions after being inspired by a reproduction of a Vincent van Gogh painting given to him by a teacher. Much of his early pre-war work was destroyed by the American firebombing of Tokyo in May 1945, but after the war he gained international recognition for his woodblock prints and other artwork. His colourful and dynamic art is deeply rooted in his native Aomori’s traditions and in Japanese Buddhism.

This exhibition theme is “prayer and journey” and features 300 works including woodblock prints of picturesque scenery from around Japan and a 26m long Buddhist-themed woodblock print. All profits from the sale of selected posters and postcards at this exhibition will be donated towards helping those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

  • Where: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art 愛知県美術館
  • When: Until Sunday, September 4
  • Admission: 1000 Yen, students 700 Yen, under 15s free.
  • Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays); closed on Mondays.
  • Access: Aichi Arts Center 10F. A 3 minute walk from Sakae Subway Station; Aichi Arts Center is connected to Oasis 21 at the basement level.


★Ticket Giveaway
We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away for this exhibition! Fill out the details below to enter our free draw. The draw is only open to people currently in Japan. Only winners will be notified. Winners will be asked to collect tickets from the Nagoya International Center prior to the event. Some conditions apply.

Please enter me for the Munakata Shiko ticket draw.
(closing date Tuesday, August 9, 2011)
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