MAK DAY 2019 goes Japan
© Andrew Archer, Melbourne
On MAK DAY 2019, the MAK extends an invitation to an exciting journey to the Far East, to the fascinating country of Japan. The focus of the comprehensive exhibition and guided tour program is the newly opened exhibitions KUNIYOSHI + and UKIYOENOW. Kuniyoshi is considered one of the greatest artists of 19th century Japan. Manga and anime could hardly have been created without the visual vocabulary he developed. The importance of colored woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) today is impressively documented by the works of the UKIYO-E-PROJECT artists and the Australian artist Andrew Archer.
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Ukiyo-e Printing Demonstration
Ukiyo-e—Japanese colored woodblock printing—is an important aspect of Japanese culture. One of the most renowned colored woodblock prints is The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. Print master Tatsuya Ito demonstrates his skill and gives us an insight into the fascinating world of colored woodblock printing.
MAK Columned Main Hall
10:15–11:45 a.m. / 12 noon–1:30 p.m. / 2–3:30 p.m.
Miss Hokusai (Anime)
Few people have heard of the woman who assisted Katsushika Hokusai her entire life and contributed much to his art, without ever being mentioned, let alone honored, for her contribution. This is the story of O-Ei, Hokusai’s daughter.
90 min., Japan, 2015, language: German
Ghosts x Performance
Of monsters, revenging spirits, and vampire cats
Selected ghost and horror stories from Japan, narrated by Judith Brandner.
With a dance performance by Akemi Takeya
Join us on a journey to Japan: Our full program of guided tours invites you to get to know the KUNIYOSHI + and UKIYOENOW exhibitions as well as the MAK Permanent Collection Asia.
11 a.m.: Curator Guided Tour with Guest Curator Johannes Wieninger, through the KUNIYOSHI + and UKIYOENOW exhibitions
12 noon / 1 p.m.: The Fascinating World of Colored Woodblock Printing: KUNIYOSHI + and UKIYOENOW
2 p.m.: Fant-asia: Who’s Haunting Asia? (Guided tour for the whole family, including children from age 4)
3:30 p.m. Dialog Tour with Guest Curator Johannes Wieninger, Mio Wakita-Elis, Curator and Custodian of the MAK Asia Collection, and Yuka Mitsui, Publisher, UKIYO-E PROJECT, through the KUNIYOSHI + and UKIYOENOW exhibitions
No registration necessary: first come, first served!
Meeting place: MAK Columned Main Hall
Fant-asia: Who’s Haunting Asia?
Together we will creep through the KUNIYOSHI + and UKIYOENOW exhibitions, on the lookout for the old master—or perhaps his spirits? Afterwards we will ourselves print on and color the most beautiful Japanese paper, giving rein to our wildest fantasies.
MAK Columned Main Hall