Koizumi : woodblock prints

in the Kress Gallery


  • Ongoing: until Sunday, March 20, 2005
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

On 11:58 a.m. on Sept. 1, 1923, an earthquake struck Tokyoand eastern Japan with devastating force. A vigorous rebuildingcampaign restored the city and transformed it into the imperial capital.This reconstruction allowed for the creation of new spaces andstructures, such as monumental commercial and government buildings,increased public transportation and communication systems, as well asparks, museums and hotels, that embodied the progressive changesoccurring in Japanese urban society. One of the woodblock print artistswho captured the drama of Tokyo's rebirth was Koizumi Kishio(1893-1945), who created One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in theShowa Era (Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue) from 1928-1940.This portfolio of Koizumi's prints sets the stage for Tokyo: TheImperial Capital--Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940, anational traveling exhibition depicting the evolution of a key Asiancity as it embraced modernity, maintained traditions, and became thebackdrop for the militaristic ambitions of empire. On loan from TheWolfsonian-Florida International University, Tokyo: The Imperial Capitalwill be on view in the Spencer's Kress Gallery from Feb. 5 through March20.

This event was posted Jan. 29, 2005 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014


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