Against the Grain: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the University of Alberta Art Collection

May 9 - July 24, 2011

Surveys the aesthetic, cultural and technical developments in Japanese woodblock printing from the Edo period to the present day.

Highlights of the exhibition include a body of Edo-period (1603-1868) ukiyo-e prints depicting urban life, geisha culture and legendary events, as well as numerous 1857 prints by Kunisada II illustrating the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

The exhibition also features iconic works by Hiroshige and Hokusai, whose work had a major impact on European artists as Degas, Cassatt, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

The exhibition concludes with twentieth-century prints, including shin-hanga landscapes by Kawae Husui, Tokyo views by Shirō Kasamatsu, and more recent experimental prints from the 1980s and 1990s, whose makers build on the monumental achievements of their forebears.


Produced by the University of Alberta Museums