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REVIEW: Yoshida: Three Generations of Japanese Printmaking

From the Swiss Alps to the Venetian Canals, Himeji Castle to the Taj Mahal travel the world through the eyes of the Yoshida dynasty at Dulwich Picture Gallery this summer.

Yoshida Hiroshi visited the picture gallery in 1900 when he and his wife embarked on a world tour creating intricate woodblock prints of American and Europen landscapes.

Spanning two centuries, with over 75 beautiful prints on display, this show takes you on a guided tour of Yoshida's intricate work and the creations of his gifted family. Fujio (his wife) Tōshi and Hodaka (his sons) Chizuko (his daughter-in-law) and Ayomi (his grand-daughter) all continued to add to Yoshida's impressive block print legacy.

Children will be drawn to 'Camouflage' in which two tigers are cleverly hidden in a tangle of African grass. Created by Toshi in the 1970's the latticework of yellow, beige and orange is so striking. A clever trail at little people level encourages children to ask questions about nature and what inspires them.

The final room houses a pretty floral installation by Ayomi, inspired by all the cherry trees in Dulwich Village.

Family's should head along to their Family Festival: Generations of Play on the 10 August. Get stuck into calligraphy workshops, manga artistry and a live paper theatre performance. Kids go free!

Just charming.

By Julia Colls 18 June 2024

19 June-3 Nov

Adults £18, kids free


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