"Inprint"MACHIDA 2019
-Tanaka Sho-
The Miraculous Origins of the Great Machida Styrax Japonica

Planned Exhibition

Overview of the Exhibition

We have invited Tanaka Sho (born in 1988) to be our featured artist for this, the third in the “Imprint” MACHIDA series of exhibitions showcasing works by young artists commissioned to cover topics relevant to Machida.

Tanaka uses woodblock printing to depict connections between nature and people. For this exhibition, he has focused on the relationship forged between trees and people in Machida. A Japanese snowbell (Styrax japonica) was due to be felled as part of the redevelopment of Serigaya Park, where this museum stands. With the aid of the artist and various experts sympathetic to his activities, the tree was carefully uprooted.

Tanaka then carved scenes inspired by his research into Machida onto printing blocks cut from the Styrax japonica that children had once enjoyed climbing. Encapsulating the many years required for a single tree to grow and encounters between people and trees, these works born from the artist’s endeavor to listen to “the memories at the root of the tree and the tree at the root of our memories” will undoubtedly forge fresh ties between them.

Past works by Tanaka will also be on display. The exhibition brings together about 150 works, including some that emerged from the artist’s efforts to relive the history of printing and others produced during his travels around the globe, which were inspired by his interest in coffee as a “tree that reaches us after a journey from the place where it grows.”
As well as presenting the new works resulting from his encounter with the Styrax japonica, the artist will be in residence in a special studio in the Entrance Hall throughout the duration of the exhibition, working with participants to create the Picture Scroll of the Miraculous Origins of the Great Machida Styrax Japonica.

Scenes from the uprooting and sawing of the Styrax japonica and the production of the new works
The exhibition’s godfather, who conferred its title, is the poet Tokizato Jiro.
Three phrases spun by this wordsmith—“The Miraculous Origins of the Great Machida Styrax Japonica,” “The Memories at the Root of the Tree,” and “The Tree at the Root of our Memories”—provide the titles of the exhibition and the new works.

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Exhibition Details

Duration Saturday, July 6 – Monday, September 23 (national holiday), 2019
Days closed Closed Mondays
*Open Monday July 15, August 12, September 16, and September 23 (national holidays), Closed Tuesday July 16, August 13, and September 17
VenueTemporary Exhibition Room 2
Opening hours Weekdays 10:00-17:00 
Weekends and national holidays 10:00-17:30
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Organizer Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
Cooperation Okuno Yahama Sangyo K.K., Kanbayashi Corporation, Serigaya Boken Asobiba (Serigaya adventure playground), (NPO Kodomo Hiroba Asobe Kodomotachi), Fujidan Corporation
Sponsors Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, The Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Admission fee Adults ¥800 (¥600)
University and high school students, and those aged 65 or above ¥400 (¥300)
*Junior high school students and below free of charge
*Fees shown in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more

・Admission fee also includes entry to the exhibition Mountaineer in My Heart Woodcut Prints of Azechi Umetaro.
・Fees shown in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more    
・Half price for visitors who present a Physical Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, or Mental Disability Certificate, and one person accompanying them
・Admission is free of charge on the first day of the exhibition (Saturday, July 6)

Artist profile


Tanaka Sho (woodcut artist)

1988 Born in Gifu Prefecture
2013 Graduated from the Printmaking Course at the Department of Painting, Musashino Art University
2015 Awarded a master’s degree in printmaking from the Graduate School of Art and Design, Musashino Art University
Currently resident in Ibaraki Prefecture

Also showing

Temporary Exhibition Room 1:
Mountaineer in My Heart Woodcut Prints of Azechi Umetaro

Permanent Collection:
Colleagues of Young Azechi Umetaro—Japanese Prints of the 1930s-40s
Wednesday, June 26 – Monday, September 23 (national holiday), 2019
*Admission to the Permanent Collection is free of charge

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