3rd Print Art Triennale in Kyoto 2022
Venue [ Main Building（South Wing）2F ]
Japan’s extraordinary culture of printmaking is widely known: the global influence of ukiyo-e prints, the bold achievements of the sosaku hanga (creative prints) movement, the international success of Japanese printmakers after World War II.
The International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo was launched in 1957, and in the context of the worldwide flourishing of printmaking, society as a whole came to recognize prints as a contemporary art medium. In the 1960s and 1970s, which have been called the golden age of contemporary printmaking, prints gained status as a full-fledged mode of expression and attained an unassailable position in Japanese culture. Since the 1980s Japanese printmaking has grown ever more original and sophisticated, maturing in such a way that Japan can truly be called a global leader in prints in a way no other country or region can. The 1st PATinKyoto Print Art Triennale in Kyoto was organized with the goals of showcasing the richness of printmaking in the present continuous tense, and of establishing critical perspectives for sufficient assessment of the works. It also demonstrated that the enterprising spirit of the art of printmaking is particularly pronounced among printmakers in Kyoto. And this project, situated in the ancient capital of Kyoto, has gained support from a wide range of companies and private citizens, and has gained high acclaim from the mass media and various other organizations.
Following the 1st and 2nd editions, we have organized the 3rd PATinKyoto Print Art Triennale 2022, aiming to introduce fresh innovation to the culture of Kyoto and transmit it to the world. We are preserving the selection format of the previous two editions: while most art competitions invite entries from the public, the Triennale is unique in that entries are recommended by commissioners who have a keen artistic sense and are well informed about printmaking. Also, we offer a spacious venue in which artists can exhibit a series of works or a large installation-style work. Moving forward, we intend to further develop this unprecedented endeavor at the newly renovated Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art.
Looking beyond the conventional framework of printmaking, a wide variety of contemporary prints including photographs, computer graphics, and even 3D works will be exhibited throughout the museum. The goal is to make a major impact on the general public, the art world, and the mass media with an event that symbolizes a progressive, forward-looking Kyoto.
Focusing on the ever-evolving diversity of prints, we will present a contemporary printmaking exhibition in a new framework so as to encourage the further maturation of the medium and transmit the results to the world. Our objective is to showcase the abundant variety of prints, as traditional Japanese culture and as a contemporary art form, and disseminate it from Kyoto, a city of art and culture, to the world.
- April 12 (Tue.) − May 8 (Sun.), 2022
- 10:00～18:00 (last admission 17:30)
- Main Building（South Wing）2F
- Closed on
- Mondays, except 2 May and public holidays.
- Official website https://patinkyoto.info
- Adults: ¥700
University students and High School students: ¥500
*Free admission for persons with disabilities and their caregivers (certificate required)
- Organizer: PATinKyoto (Print Art Triennale in Kyoto) Promotional Committee, Nissha Foundation for Printing Culture and Technology, The City of Kyoto
Print Art Triennale in Kyoto
Unlike contests in which works are submitted by the public, the Print Art Triennale in Kyoto, which started in 2013, adopts a nomination system operated by multiple commissioners with sharp eyes and a wealth of information. In addition, it offers a space for the display of serial works and installation-like masterpieces, so it is an unprecedented landmark event for print exhibitions.
We trust that you will appreciate and support the Triennale, which aims to bring together and introduce the rich expressiveness of printmaking by young to mid-career artists responsible for some of today’s most vibrant cultural activity, and make what is happening in Kyoto in this sphere known to the rest of the world.
The splendid tradition and significant international influence of Japanese printmaking is widely known, but in recent years, it appears that momentum has been gathering for further new developments. One could say that the distinctive process of printing – which makes printmaking what it is – has come to be positively reappraised in an era when electronic images on LCD screens tend to dominate our fields of vision.
Print Art Triennale in Kyoto, launched in 2013, differs from a public open-call competition, in that artists are selected on the basis of recommendations from commissioners with keen critical eyes who are abundantly informed about printmaking. As a printmaking exhibition that offers a spacious venue in which series or large installation-style works can be exhibited, it is unquestionably an unprecedented and innovative endeavor.
The Triennale aims to present richly varied works by young and mid-career artists currently in the most vibrant phase of their activities, and to transmit them from Kyoto to the world. We appreciate your kind attention and support.
President, Tama Art University
Chairperson, PATinKyoto (Print Art Triennale in Kyoto) Promotional Committee