Shin-hanga: Japan’s ‘New Print’ MovementShin-hanga: Ko ngā ‘Mātātuhi Hou’ o Nihona

In about 1915, Tokyo publisher Shōzaburō Watanabe coined the name of a new art movement: shin-hanga 新版画, ‘new prints’.


I te takiwā o te tau 1915, nā tētahi kaitā pukapuka nō Tokyo, nā Shōzaburō Watanabe, tētahi tikanga toi hou i tapa: ko te shin-hanga 新版画 te ingoa, arā, ko ‘ngā mātātuhi hou’.

When | Āhea

26 Jul – 14 Oct 2019

Where | Ki hea

Toi Art, Level 5

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


10 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • wheelchair accessible

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Watanabe realised that the golden-age (mid 1700s–1800s) tradition of ukiyo-e printmaking needed to be adapted to modern life – or abandoned. Japanese graphic artists responded to the challenge, radically transforming pigments, paper, light, lines, and space. But subjects, such as kabuki actors and famous landmarks, changed more subtly.

The wider world was enchanted. We hope you too enjoy our recently acquired shin-hanga.

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