Exhibitions 2016

Ito Shinsui

Nostalgia and Modernity

17 September 2016 - 8 January 2017

Itō 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. For conservation reasons, the exhibition will be shown in two parts; all works will be replaced on 14 November 2016.

The exhibition is supported by the Taiyo no Hikari Foundation, Japan, and the KK Sonnenschein Stiftung, Zurich.