The Galleria is pleased to present the travelling exhibition, ‘Variation and Autonomy: The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters’ which will run from 14 June to July 7.
The exhibition is part of Abu Dhabi Festival 2022, and is a collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation.
Curated by by Kyoji Takizawa of the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts in Tokyo, the exhibition presents the work of ten artists who experimented with prints and expanded the range of expression in contemporary art using the medium in the 1970s.
In addition to the internationally renowned Yayoi Kusama, the exhibition also features the work of Japanese artists Masanari Murai, Toshinobu Onosato, Yasukazu Tabuchi, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Hitoshi Nakazato, Tomoharu Murakami, Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Kosai Hori, and Toeko Tatsuno.
The history of Japanese contemporary prints dates back to the 1950s when a growing number of painters working in lithography emerged. Printmaking soon rose to greater prominence in the 1960s as the opening of many printing workshops paved the way for artists who weren’t necessarily printmaking specialists to produce their own print works. The exhibition focuses on those artists who turned their hands to prints in the ‘70s using a wide range of styles and advancing the world of printmaking forward.
This first to Abu Dhabi exhibition can be viewed at The Galleria on the Ground Floor, South Atrium from 14 June - 7 July.