Itō Shinsui exhibtion in Zurich

exh-rietberg-shinsuiThe Rietberg Museum in Zurich currently presents an exhibition on shin hanga artist Itō Shinsui (1898-1972). Shinsui is well known for his depictions of beautiful women, but he also made interesting landscape prints, including scenes in Indonesia during the Asia Pacific war. He was trained as a nihonga painter under Kaburagi Kiyokata (1887-1972). During his long career he published many prints with Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962), the publisher who was so instrumental in the development of modern Japanese printmaking, in particular shin hanga.

The exhibition Itō Shinsui: Nostalgion and Modernity is realized through the efforts of Shinsui’s son Katsuta Kazumasa and his granddaughter Katsuta Akiko. And Shinsui’s publisher’s grandson Watanabe Shōichirō also provided assistance to the project, as a number of the exhibited prints are from the Watanabe collection.

cover-rietberg-shinsuiThe exhibition is accompanied by a  small size full color catalogue, written by Shinsui’s granddaughter; Rietberg Japanese art curator Khanh Trinh and Katsuyama Shigeru. The publication includes an introductory essay sketching the context of the Japanese art world during Shinsui’s time; a detailed biography section; a visual explanation of the technique of making woodblock prints and a few short descriptions of Shinsui’s print series, together with hundred full color illustrations of the artist’s prints.

Until 17 January 2017. For more information, visit the Rietberg Museum website.

Khahn Trinh (et al.), Itō Shinsui, Japan: Taiyō no Hikari Foundation, 2016. 192 pages, 100 full color illustrations.