The Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition


Variation and Autonomy : The Prints of Contemporary Japanese Painters

Naoyoshi Hikosaka, The record of the Flood III, 1989
WHERE Studio One Toi Tū (1 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland)

Thursday 29 Feburary - Thursday 28 March 2024
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm  / Sat 10am-4pm


Variation and Autonomy features over 40 works by ten Japanese artists, including Masanari Murai, Yayoi Kusama, Natsuyuki Nakanishi. Curated by Kyoji Takizawa from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, the exhibition introduces the singular evolution of Japanese printmaking which is developed as a trend in contemporary art among painters who were not specialists in printmaking.

Alongside the exhibition, an exciting workshop and film screening will be held as below.

Aucklanders will be able to witness a rich Japanese history of contemporary printmaking and will be encouraged to reconsider this history from a variety of critical perspectives. 

This exhibition is organised in collaboration with Auckland Council, Studio One Toi Tū and Japan Foundation and also a part of Auckland Arts Festival 2024 and World of Cultures 2024.

42 works by 10 artists
(Artist Profiles)

Masanori Murai, Toshinobu Onosato, Yasukazu Tabuchi, Yayoi Kusama, Natsuyuki Nakanishi

Hitoshi Nakazato, Tomoharu Murakami, Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Kosai Hori, Toeko Tatsuno

Masanari Murai,Sun and Bird,1973 Hitoshi Nakazato
The Series, Homage to Sengai with "Color"A
Yasukazu Tabushi, Hill in Spring,1983

Free Extended Programme at Studio One Toi Tū

Printmaking Workshop
Introduction to Woodcut  with Ina Arraoui

In this workshop you’ll discover the fundamentals of transforming your image into a woodblock print. You'll gain the confidence to create your own woodblock prints at home, which can be used for cards, textile design or small print editions.

Saturday 9 March, 10AM –1PM   
Spaces are limited, booking :
Film Screening -Kusama: Infinity (2018, M, 75min)

Artist Yayoi Kusama and experts discuss her life and work, from her modest beginnings in Japan to becoming an internationally renowned artist. (Official Trailer)

Saturday 16 March, 1PM –2:30PM 
Capacity 50 Max, Booking at eventbrite