Exhibition – Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s


A glimpse into art forms that transformed the global art scene

Explore 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


About The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur  

The Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural  exchange programmes throughout the world. With the objective of deepening mutual understanding between the people  of Japan and the world, the Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust, and mutual  understanding through culture, language, and dialogue. The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) was established  in October 1989 as the Malaysian branch of the Japan Foundation.


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