Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Idyllic Vision: The Modern Japanese Landscape
  • Idyllic Vision: The Modern Japanese Landscape
  • 26-Nov-2007 - 03-Feb-2008
  • Asia Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

This exhibition examines Japanese landscape prints of the Taishô (1912-1926) and early Shôwa (1926-1989) periods. Set against the reality of early twentieth century Japanese industrialization and modernity, Shin-hanga, or “new prints,” presented an idyllic and timeless vision of the Japanese landscape. These prints portrayed an under-populated and traditional landscape in a time when many Japanese were living in cities and facing issues of modern life. The exhibition is intended to address issues of place, identity, and modernity in the context of early twentieth century Japan, as well as the growing sentiment of nationalism and how the concept of place relates to the idea of nation.

This exhibition was organized by guest curator Alison Miller, KU graduate student in art history.