Yokoo Tadanori: Hanga Jungle

Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori

Since Yokoo (born in 1936) began producing posters for underground theatre productions that incorporated indigenous Japanese images and natural colors, he has been acclaimed as one of the leading designers in Japan. After first trying his hand at printmaking in 1968, and continuing to work in the genre even after his so-called “painter’s declaration” in 1982, Yokoo has created over 230 prints.

The keywords in this exhibition are “hanga” (print) and “jungle.” The former suggests a “super-print” that transcends the traditional image of the conventional print framework. The posters Yokoo made in the 1960s are also prints, and in section VII of the exhibition, we present some 20 works as examples of the hanga principle. Meanwhile, the word “jungle” suggests the diverse nature of Yokoo’s artistic expression, and juxtaposes the image of a gallery filled with hanga and a tropical rain forest.

This exhibition of hanga provides us with an opportunity to consider the contemporary significance of Yokoo’s artistic opposition to modernism, which placed great importance on thought and logic, and the techniques and history of commercial and fine art. It also gives us some insight into the future of the print medium.

September 9 (Sat.) - December 24 (Sun.), 2017 *Dates Changed

Closed: Mondays (except Sep. 18, Jan.8) and Sep. 19, Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Jan. 9
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (admission until 17:30)
     10:00 - 20:00 on Friday and Saturday (admission until 19:30)

Adult  ¥700
University students  ¥550
Age 70 and over  ¥350
High school students and younger  Free

Torture A 1969 90.8×67.8 Silkscreen on paper Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Shambala Tejas-Bhūmi 1974 97.8×67.9 Silkscreen and offset on paper Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
Orange Headed 1983 55.2×41.5 Woodblock print on paper Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
Lisa Lyon in Izukogen, March 23, 1984 - II 1986 99.9×79.3 Woodblock print on paper Artist(Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
De Chirico - His Eternalness 1990 155.0×107.1 Silkscreen on paper Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
(Title to be determined) 2017  92.0×68.0 Silkscreen on paper Okabe Print Editions,Ltd.