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Nostalgia and Modernity
17 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
Ito Shinsui (1898–1972) is considered one of Japan’s best-known twentieth-century graphic artists. His prints, whether of beautiful women in kimonos who are seemingly lost in reverie, or of picturesque landscapes that are usually devoid of humans, have a simultaneously exotic and familiar feel. The motifs evoke a sense of longing for a distant world, not yet touched by industrialisation. Yet, the strong graphic impact and the high realism of the designs testify to a familiarity with modern art imported from the West. Shinsui‘s works embody a modern Japan whose cultural identity is based on a harmonious interaction between tradition and innovation.
Supported by the Taiyo no Hikari Foundation, Japan and the KK Sonnenschein Stiftung, Zurich.