Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art

Winter Exhibition

Winter Exhibition
Woodblock prints and Rhythm

December 20(Tue) to March 19(Sun), 2023
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays (Holidays and January 16, 23 to be opened)
December 29 thru January 1

Munakata met Sohichiro Ohara for the first time through Kanjiro Kawai, pottery master, at the Ohara’s garden party. Ohara, who saw in London and was strongly impressed by Munakata’s print “Fujin” (Wind God), is said to have asked Munakata for a drawing for him. On the other hand, Munakata himself was influenced by Ohara, who led Munakata to Beethoven’s world. Munakata once listened to Beethoven’s symphony No.1 to No.9 through all the night, recollecting that he was so impressed with Beethoven’s familiar, unique rhythm, because it seems to synchronize his cutting beats in carving the wood. Munakata expressed his movement in realizing his carving and energy at the same time. In winter exhibition, prints with full of such rhythm, drawings, paintings and calligraphies are displayed in variety.

Displayed Works, in the main.

In Praise of Great Joy; On Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Partial)
Woodblock 1953

January―A Hawk on a Pine Tree from The Changes of Nature in Twelve Months
Woodblock 1955

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (Partial)
Drawing 1963

The Pacific Ocean near Hitachi
Oil Painting 1972