Fuji Xerox Print Collection × Yokohama Museum of Art

Artists in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction ― From Picasso to Warhol


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Drawing on works from both the Fuji Xerox Print Collection and the Yokohama Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the artistic visions that preoccupied leading artists during the 20th Century ― an age when the development and spread of mechanical reproduction techniques such as photographic printing and film made it possible for anyone to enjoy art in reproduction.

German philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) pointed out that the development and spread of  "mechanical reproduction" after the invention of photography led to a crisis in the traditional arts, such as painting and theater, as it significantly altered people's feelings about, ways of appreciating and expectations for art.

In fact, there were many movements in the 20th Century that threatened to sweep away the traditional image of art. The century began with new approaches to space and color, such as in Cubism and Fauvism. After the First World War, Dada (anti-art) sought to upend traditional conceptions of beauty, Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism tried to achieve an ideal society through the establishment of abstract styles, and Surrealism sought to liberate human beings through explorations of the unconscious. After the Second World War, Pop Art appeared, reflecting a society of mass consumption, and, in the 1960s, Xerography (electrophotography or reprography) was introduced into artistic creation. By reconsidering 20th Century art from the perspective of mechanical reproduction, this exhibition aims to reinterpret the exploits of artists as responses to the "crisis" identified by Benjamin.

This exhibition, featuring the collections of both Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. and the Yokohama Museum of Art, consists of some 400 works by major artists, combining works made using mechanical reproduction techniques, such as prints, photography and books, with works in traditional media, such as oil painting and sculpture. It throws into relief the various responses of artists who lived through the age that presaged our current age of digital reproduction.

Fuji Xerox Print Collection
Since 1988, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. has collected "prints or artworks produced in multiple pieces by a print-like technique that are representative of the spirit or culture of the age in which they were made". The collection now numbers roughly 950 pieces, including prints, photographs, copy art (artworks using Xerography) and artist books by important artists from the West and Japan. It is exhibited periodically at the Fuji Xerox Art Space at the company's research development building that was opened in Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 district in 2010.
Yokohama Museum of Art
Since 1982, before it opened to the public, the Yokohama Museum of Art has collected Western and Japanese modern and contemporary art made since the time of the opening of the port of Yokohama. In terms of Western art, it possesses paintings, sculptures and prints representative of Surrealism and also Dada and Constructivism. It also possesses a daguerreotype, Nadar’s portraits, Eugène Atget’s landscape photographs and other works that trace the history of photography.
  • Pablo PICASSO
    Le Repas frugal
    1904 / etching on paper / 46.3×37.7cm
    Fuji Xerox Print Collection
    ©2016 – Succession Pablo Picasso – SPDA(JAPAN)
  • Paul KLEE
    Hoffmanneske Szene
    1921 / lithograph on paper / 31.7×22.8cm /
    Fuji Xerox Print Collection
  • Wassily KANDINSKY
    "Kleine Welten IV", from Kleine Welten
    1922 / lithograph on paper / 35.8×28.8cm /
    Fuji Xerox Print Collection
  • Alexsandr RODCHENKO
    1929 (printed in 1994) / gelatin silver print / 16.1×22.1cm /
    Yokohama Museum of Art
  • Henri MATISSE
    "Cirque", from JAZZ
    1947 / silkscreen on paper (book) / 42.5×65.0cm (sheet) /
    Fuji Xerox Print Collection
    Merzbild 1 C  Das Dubelbild
    1920 / assemblage, oil on cardboard / 15.6×13.7cm / Yokohama Museum of Art
  • Hans ARP
    Coulisses de forêt
    1955 / lithograph on paper / 39.3×30.7cm / Fuji Xerox Print Collection
    ©PRO LITTERIS, Zurich & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2016 C0970
  • Andy WARHOL
    1970 / silkscreen on paper (from portfolio of 10 pieces) / 91.4×91.4cm / Fuji Xerox Print Collection
    ©2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York & JASPAR, Tokyo C0957
  • KAWAGUCHI Tatsuo
    From Relation-Time Frottage of Time
    1998 / xerography on paper / 35.0×25.6cm /
    Fuji Xerox Print Collection
    ©Tatsuo Kawaguchi
    "Dipsacus laciniatus" from 12 Fotografien
    1928 (printed in 1975) / gelatin silver print / 25.7×19.8cm
    Fuji Xerox Print Collection
  • TOMURA Hiroshi
    Number of Stars Book A, B
    2005 / inkjet printing on paper / 6×6×6cm, 6×6×5cm / Fuji Xerox Print Collection
    ©Tomura Hiroshi 2016
  • Max ERNST
    Le Cygne est bien paisible...
    1920 / collage on paper / 8.3×12.0cm / Yokohama Museum of Art
    ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2016 C0956


DatesApril 23 (Sat.), 2016 - June 5 (Sun.), 2016
Open Hours10:00-18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
*Open until 20:30 on May 27(Fri.), 2016 (Last admission at 20:00)
ClosedThursdays (except May 5, June 2), May 6 (Fri.)
OrganizersYokohama Museum of Art
Sponsored by Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Supported byThe City of Yokohama
In Cooperation withYokohama Minatomirai Railway Company, Yokohama Cable Vision Inc. ,
Yokohama FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd.
Planning CooperationShigeru Yokota Gallery


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