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Shin-hanga: Japan’s ‘New Print’ Movement Shin-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’.

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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 Temporary display
  • Where | Ki hea Toi Art, Level 5
  • Cost | Te utu Free entry
  • Ages | Te reanga All ages
  • Allow | Me whakarite 10 minutes
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki

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.

Ko te whakatau a Watanabe, me hakahou te mahi mātātuhi ukiyo-e mō te ao hou – me whakarere rānei. Ka whakautua te karanga e ngā ringatoi, ka tahuri rātou ki te whakahāngai i ngā kano, i te pepa, i te aho, i te rārangi me te wāhi ki ērā o ngā toi o mua. Heoi, ka āta huri ngā kaupapa, mai i ngā kaiwhakaari kabuki me ngā tūtohu whenua rongonui.

Ka mīharo te ao whānui. Ko te tūmanko ka whakawaia hoki koe, e ā mātou taonga hou – ko shin-hanga.

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