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Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

Friday, 25 July 2014


Masami Teraoka

Catfish Envy, 1993

Woodcut, etching, aquatint, hand-coloured on handmade natural Fuji paper

Collection of Singapore Art Museum

Image courtesy of National Heritage Board

© Masami Teraoka / Tyler Graphic Ltd



STPI is proud to present 'Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints' which reveals the beauty of ukiyo-e prints from Edo Japan (1615-1868) and ukiyo-e inspired works in modern world of today. Showing for the first time in Southeast Asia with over 60 works from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), Singapore Art Museum and STPI, the exhibition continues STPI’s commitment to bring world-class art collections to audiences in Singapore.


Katsushika Hokusai

Under the Wave Off Kanagawa, 1831-34

Colour woodblock print 26 x 37.7 cm; 10¼ x 14 13/16 in.

© Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Ukiyo-e (‘ukiyo’–floating world, ‘e’–pictures) is a popular art form of woodblock prints and paintings that reflect the daily life and common interests of people in Edo and major cities in Japan. Presented in five main themes: ‘Sightseeing & Travel’, ‘Pleasure & Pastimes’, ‘Kabuki’, ‘Beautiful Women’ and ‘Edo Pop Redux’, the exhibition provides insights into the vibrant culture of Edo society populated by samurais, geishas and kabuki theater actors.


Highlights of the exhibition include works by ukiyo-e masters Katsuhika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige and Kitagawa Utamaro.


Utagawa Hiroshige

Prawns, Horse Mackerel and Smartweed from the series Various Fishes, 1832-33

Colour woodblock print

26 x 37.4 cm; 10 ¼ x 14 ¾ in. (sheet)

© Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Exhibition: Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

When: 12 July – 13 Sept 2014

Where: 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238238

Free Guided Tours: Every Sat, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

In Japanese: Every Wed and Fri (from 18 Jul – 12 Sep), 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Website: www.stpi.com.sg



Other programmes include:


Edo to Singapore (Art Publication in the Floating World) by Chief Printer Eitaro Ogawa, STPI

Date: 2 Aug, Saturday

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm



Ukiyo-e Style Woodblock Workshop with STPI Chief Printer Eitaro Ogawa

Date: 16 & 23 Aug, Saturday

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fee: $370 non-members / $350 members.

Limited availability



Sake Appreciation Workshop By Nagamatsu Hiroomi, Sake Specialist and Manager, Y&S Impex

Date: 13 Sept, Saturday

Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm, STPI Artist Studio

Fee: $100 per participant

Pax: Maximum of 20 participants

Content: Introduction to the history and classification of sake. Learn how to serve and store sake.

Class includes tasting (four types).



Photos: STPIPosted by Admin in Arts & Culture on 25 Jul 2014


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