Variation and Autonomy: The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters

December 1st to 20, 2017

Exhibited artists:
Masanari Murai, Toshinobu Onosato, Yasukazu Tabuchi, Yayoi Kusama, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hitoshi Nakazato, Tomoharu Murakami, Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Kosai Hori, Toeko Tatsuno.

Variation and Autonomy: The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters” organized in collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Consulate General of Japan in Montreal is designed to shed light on a new artistic field that developed in the 70’s through prints made by contemporary Japanese painters. Notable as both a variation on painting and an autonomous form, these works helped establish the genre of contemporary Japanese prints while imbuing it with a new breadth.

Composed of artworks by 10 renowned painters, this exhibition is intended to encourage viewers to reconsider the existing history of contemporary Japanese prints. Today, 70 years after World War II, at a time when printed art is renewing itself to assert its relevance in contemporary art, there is a need to reconsider history from a variety of critical perspectives.

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 in order to promote international mutual understanding through cultural exchange. The Foundation oversees programs in three major fields: arts and cultural exchange, Japanese-language education overseas, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange. In the area of visual arts, the Foundation, both independently and in cooperation with other organizations, organizes and supports exhibitions of Japanese art held abroad, and facilitates personal exchanges with artists and art professionals.