Moments to Fly Up: Ikeda Masuo and the Demokrato Artists.
It is already a quarter of a century since Ikeda Masuo passed away in 1997. We believe it is most meaningful to reexamine how highly his prints have been appreciated all over the world and how passionately he pursued his artistic career from the present.
Ikeda Masuo was born in Mukden in the former Manchukuo in 1934 and was repatriated to Nagano together with his parents in 1945, when the war came to an end. After finishing senior high school, he moved to Tokyo aspiring to become a painter. Although he took exams for Tokyo University of the Arts, he was unable to pass. It was around that time that he met Ay-Ō, and through Ay-Ō, he got to know Ei-Q, who founded the Demokrato Artists Association and art critic Kubo Sadajirō.
The artists of the Demokrato focused on producing prints that could be seen by a large number of people, and Ikeda, encouraged by Ei-Q, joined them as one of the youngest members of the group. He then deepened his relationship with Izumi Shigeru, Yoshihara Hideo, and Katō Tadashi, and devoted himself to the production of copperplate prints with support from Kubo.
Following the recovery of national strength after World War II, the International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo was organized as the first international exhibition to be held in Japan. The first show was held in 1957, and prints were submitted from all over the world including Japan. In addition to Ikeda, many other Demokrato artists participated and were selected for the exhibition, and it became a catalyst for their breakthrough, but Ei-Q decided to dissolve the Demokrato in the same year. Since then, young artists have continued to expand the possibilities of printmaking with vigorous activities. Ikeda was particularly successful and stepped into the limelight by winning many awards including the grand prize in the print section at the Venice Biennale and holding solo exhibitions in various countries.
Through works by Ikeda Masuo and those by artists he was influenced by or mingled with from the 1950s to around 1966, this exhibition looks back on the Japanese prints which swept across the world in those days and attempts to reconsider their significance.
Period: September 9 (Sat) - November 5 (Sun),2023
Time: 9:00−17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Venue: Main Building 1F/2F Exhibition Gallery 1,2,3
Adults: 800 (700) yen
University students and seniors over 75: 600 (500) yen
High school students & children under 18: Free
Tickets in brackets apply to groups of 20 or more people and other discounts.
Combined Tickets(Special Exhibitions+Collection Exhibitions)
Adults: 1,300 yen
University students and seniors over 75: 900 yen
There is no general visitor parking available at the Nagano Prefectural Art Museum.
Use of public transportation is encouraged.
① From the No.1 bus stop of the Zenkoji Exit bus station at the JR Nagano Station, take the Alpico Route 11 bound for Uki via Zenkoji Temple, Route 16 bound for Wakatsuki Higashijo via Zenkoji Temple and Wakatsuki Danchi, or Route 17 bound for Wakatsuki Higashijo via Zenkoji Temple and Nishijo, and get off at the Zenkoji-kita bus stop. It takes about 15 minutes. The museum is a 3-minute walk east from the stop.
② From the No.1 bus stops of the Zenkoji Exit bus station at the JR Nagano Station, take Binzuru-go buses bound for Zenkoji Temple, and get off at the Zenkoji Daimon bus stop. The ride takes approximately 13 minutes. Walk along the omotesando approach up to the main hall of the Zenkoji Temple, then turn right toward Joyama Park; approximately a 10-minute walk.
On weekends and holidays, get off at the Joyama Koen-mae bus stop.
③ If you take the Nagano Dentetsu Line, get off at Zenkoji-shita Station and walk toward Joyama Park; approximately 10 minutes.