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Tokyo: The Imperial Capital/Woodblock Prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940

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Curated by Marianne Lamonaca and James T. Ulak

At 11:58 on 1 September 1923 an earthquake struck Tokyo and eastern Japan with devastating force. A vigorous rebuilding campaign restored the city and transformed it into the imperial capital. One of the woodblock-print artists who captured the drama of its rebirth was Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945) who created One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa Era (Shōwa dai Tokyo hyakuzue) from 1928 to 1940. The Wolfsonian's portfolio of Kishio's prints depicts the transformation of a key Asian city as it embraced modernity, maintained traditions, and became the backdrop for the militaristic ambitions of empire. The images produced by Kishio are a pantheon of impressive views—from modern facilities such as Haneda Airport to nostalgic renderings of revered ancient temples. The catalogue includes essays by the exhibition curators, Marianne Lamonaca and James T. Ulak, and by Frederic A. Sharf, a scholar and collector.
Exhibition dates: November 20, 2003 - May 2, 2004
Publisher: The Wolfsonian–FIU, 2003
Softcover: 101 pages, 8.5" x 11"  
ISBN: 0-9677359-1-2