The most comprehensive collection of Japanese shin hanga in Canada will be on display at the Art Gallery of Victoria in the exhibition Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Early 20th Century Japan, which runs through January 25, 2015.
Shin hanga, which means “new print movement”, is a Japanese art style developed in the early 1900s. Based in the classic print style of ukiyo-e, the traditional wood block prints, shin hanga integrates elements of the impressionists, such as mastery of light and individual moods.
The exhibit features prints from the AGGV’s extensive Asian Art collection including many new acquisitions, such as highly valued pieces by shin hanga masters Hiroshi Yoshida, Kawase Hasui, Tsuchiya Koitsu, Hashiguchi Goyo and Ito Shinsui, among others. Under Barry Till’s stewardship, spanning more than three decades, the AGGV’s Asian Art Collection has grown to over 8,000 pieces and is one of the largest and most diversified collections of Asian art in Canada.