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[Temporary Exhibition]

Between the Art and the Print-Chiossone, Fontanesi, and Japan in the Meiji




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This exhibition presents printing works by the disciples educated by Chiossone and Fontanesi, two government advisors invited to Japan from Italy.

New forms of representation became evaluable in Japan with the introduction of new printing technology from the West in the Meiji era (1868-1912). Novel forms of pictorial expression also came to Japan with the introduction of modern styles of painting mainly from Europe.

Edoardo Chiossone, a painter and engraver from Italy, was offered to work in Japan by the Ministry of Finance in 1875. In his new position he sculpted original plates for bills and stamps, trained pupils, introduced printing and engraving technologies from the West, and laid the foundations for modern printing in Japan.

Antonio Fontanesi, a fellow Italian, was appointed as a teacher of Western style painting at the nearby Imperial College of Engineering at about the same time. Fontanesi decided to return to Europe midway through his tenure, so his time in Japan was much shorter than Chiossone's. Yet Fontanesi's disciples became key persons in the Meiji art world and were influential in the development of modern printing.

This exhibition presents printing works by the disciples educated by Chiossone and Fontanesi, two government advisors invited to Japan from Italy.

Schedule: Oct. 18, 2014 (Sat) - Jan. 12, 2015 (Mon-holiday)
Closed: Mondays, Nov.4th, Nov.25th, Dec.27th-Jan.5th 2015, Jan.12th 2015
*Open, however,Nov.3rd, Nov.24th, Jan.12th
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (final admission: 17:30)
Admission: Adults: 500 yen
University students: 300 yen
High school and junior high school students: 200 yen
Children up to elementary school age (12 years old): free

*50 yen discount per person in groups of more than 20 people
*Free admittance to senior citizens (65 years and over)
*Free admittance to visitors holding handicapped-persons' cards and their attendant
*Free admittance on Culture Day, Nov 3
Between the Art and the Print-Chiossone, Fontanesi, and Japan in the Meiji

Organizer
Printing Museum, Tokyo, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.








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