MANCHESTER – Two complementary mokuhanga exhibitions are now on display at the Southern Vermont Arts Center.
“Hiroshige and the Changing Japanese Landscape” is a presentation of Japanese prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) illustrating how the political climate of 19th century Japan influenced his art and how art influenced that climate. The exhibition will be on view until February 27.
This exhibition presents the complete series of Hoeido Tokaido by Hiroshige who elevated him to the rank of the most esteemed woodcut masters in the country thanks to his treatment of the landscape as the main subject. Over the course of 55 frames, the series takes the viewer on a journey along the Great Tokaido, a major coastal road that connected Edo (now Tokyo) to Kyoto, more than 300 miles away.
The entire exhibition comes from the collection of Steven Schlussel, an artist member of the arts center who has collected for more than half a century. Additionally, the arts center invited New Hampshire artist Matt Brown to create an exhibit of authentic tools and materials to bring the basic process of Japanese printing to life from blocks of wood in multiple colors. A selection of Brown’s prints are on display in the Wilson Hall.
In the Yester House, a complementary exhibition, “The world between block and paper”, is on place until March 27. This exhibition is organized in partnership with The Mokuhanga Sisters, a print collective, who met at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, in the shadow of Mount Fuji, Japan, and linked by their practice of mokuhanga.
More information on svac.org.