Exhibition: Scenes of Last Tokyo – Japanese Creative Prints from 1945

Ashmolean Museum - Scenes of Last Tokyo

Exhibition dates: 2 February – 5 June 2016

In the early twentieth century a new artistic movement emerged in Japan: the Sosaku Hanga (Creative Print) movement. Breaking away from traditional printing methods, which involved a division of labour in publishers’ studios, Creative Print artists designed, cut and printed their own work. The Scenes of Last Tokyo series, a collaboration between nine of the leading print artists of the time, was published in 1945, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The series shows nostalgic views of fifteen famous places in Tokyo as they were before wartime air raids destroyed much of the city.

Although not explicitly textile-related, the prints inevitably form a record of contemporary Japanese fashions, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in Japanese design across all media.

For more information, visit the website of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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