Skip to main content

Transition in Japanese printmaking - lecture by Koyuki Kazahaya

In this lecture Kazahaya will take you on a walk through the history of Japanese woodcut printing, presenting several artists from different periods until today. 

Probably for most people, ukiyo-e (17th  > 19th centuries) is the first thing that comes to mind when they think about Japanese prints. It is very interesting that the Art and History Museum focuses on the shin hanga (new printmaking) in this exhibition. The shin hanga movement is a form of Japanese woodcut printing that bridges the gap between ukiyo-e and contemporary printmaking and as such plays an important part in the evolution of Japanese art. In addition to the shin hanga movement, there is the sōsaku hanga (creative printmaking) movement, which focuses more on artistic creation and on printing by artists. It had an influence in Japanese art education and the concept is still relevant in Japanese contemporary printmaking.

Koyuki Kazahaya (b. 1987) works with various media: drawing, printmaking, video and audio. She studied graphic arts in Tokyo, Japan, and Antwerp. Her work is regularly exhibited; just before the start of the shin hanga exhibition, a selection was shown at the Art on Paper fair (Brussels, 6-9.10.22). She lives and works in Europe.

Lecture in English in the context of the exhibition Shin hanga. The new prints of Japan (1900-1960).

Saturday 26.11 from 10:30-11:30

12 € (incl. exhibition entrance)
0 € (participants masterclass Japanese woodcut printing)


Ohara Koson (Shōson) (1877–1945), Aigrette sous la pluie, 1928, editeur : Watanabe Shōzaburō ©MRAH