The Happy Carp: New Japanese Works in Durham
25 Oct 2013 – 30 Mar 2014
The Happy Carp takes its name from a woodblock print by the UK-based Japanese printmaker, Nana Shiomi.
The exhibition showcases a collection of contemporary Japanese woodblock prints recently acquired by the Oriental Museum with the support of the Art Fund's Renew scheme.
The 12 woodblock prints and 11 woodblocks were produced by Nana Shiomi, a contemporary exponent of Japanese woodblock printing.
Shiomi uses the same methods as the traditional ukiyo-e printers, combined with modern techniques and materials.
The prints, which depict traditional Japanese screens, a tea whisk and a tea bowl, were selected to specifically relate to a range of similar artefacts currently held within the museum’s collection.
Shiomi's work is accompanied by pieces from other artists who also combine traditional and the contemporary, encompassing techniques from screen printing to digital works and subject matter including traditional Japanese architecture to the abstract.
The exhibition forms part of Japan400, a series of events marking the first official encounter between Japan and Britain in 1613.