Shiko Munakata

Shiko Munakata


▲1924 about 21 years.


September 5—Munakata Shiko was born in Japan's Aomori prefecture.

1916(13 yrs old)

Graduated from Aomori Municipal Elementary School and worked as a home-job associate for blacksmith.

1920 (17 years of age)

Functions as a clerk in the Aomori District Courthouse. Begins sketching and drawing-in his free time. October 25—His mom, Sada, dies of liver cancer at age forty-one.

1921 (18 years old)

Munakata aspires in order to become an oil painter after witnessing a Van Gogh sunflower painting on a magazine cover; he paints his very first operate in oil. Organizes a "Western-style" artwork team with three former middle-school classmates from Aomori.

1924 (21 yrs . old)

Techniques to Tokyo to pursue a vocation in painting; sketches views associated with city after the damaging Kanto earthquake of 1923. Enters an oil painting, stated in Aomori, in the fifth Imperial Fine Arts convention (understood familiarly whilst the Teiten exhibition) but is unsuccessful; continues to be rejected until 1928.

1925 (22 yrs old)

October 26—His daddy, Kokichi, becomes deceased at age fifty-six.

1928 (25 yrs old)

His oil paintings are selected when it comes to ninth Teiten exhibition for the first time. Munakata comes back to Aomori after four years to visit their moms and dads' graves.


▲1942 about 39 years.

1930 (27 yrs old)

Exhibits three oil paintings as well as 2 woodblock images inside 7th Hakujitsu Group Exhibition and wins the Hakujitsu Award. Shows four prints within the 5th Kokugakai (community for nationwide artwork) convention. Marries Akagi Chiya, a nurse from their home town, within Uto¯ Shrine in Aomori City. As a result of financial difficulty, Chiya stays in Aomori when Munakata returns to Tokyo.

1931 (28 yrs . old)

Keyou, first child, was born. Exhibits an oil painting into the twelfth Teiten exhibition the very first time in three years.

1932 (29 yrs . old)

Holds second solamente event, featuring thirty oil artwork sand ten prints. Is invited to become listed on the Japanese Print Association. Displays both Hasegawa mansion prints, Gappo Park in Aomori, and A Garden at Kamo in Echigo Province within the seventh Kokugakai exhibition;wins the Kokugakai reward the Hasegawa Mansion at Kameda:

1933 (three decades old)

Pariji, very first son, was created.

1935 (32 years old)

Chiyoe, 2nd girl, came to be.

1936 (33 years of age)

Shows The Life of Prince Yamatotakeru, the Japanese Hero at eleventh Kokugakai convention; becomes known to Mingei (people crafts) frontrunners Hamada Shoji, Yanagi Soetsu, and Kawai Kanjiro.

1938 (35 years of age)

The Story of the Cormorant within the spring event associated with Japan Folk Crafts Museum. Exhibits nine images from Story of Cormorant in second New Ministry of Education good Arts convention (Shinbunten); gains award on the net division of Kanten convention. Munakata, who was simply taking care of shade images at this time, is impressed by Yanagi Soetsu to test out urazaishiki ("back-coloring") method. Gift suggestions The Many components of Compassionate Avalokitesvara, the first work in that he used back-coloring, in a unique convention within Japan Folk Crafts Museum.

1940 (37 yrs . old)

Two Bodhisattva and Ten Great Disciples of Sakyamuni is shown in the fifteenth Kokugakai event.

1941 (38 yrs . old)

Receives Kokugakai's fifth Saburi Award for Two Bodhisattva and Ten Great Disciples of Sakyamuni. (The Saburi Award was created in 1937 in memory of artist Saburi Shin to motivate new and rising Japanese designers involved in Western-style artwork.) Yoshiaki, second son, was created.


▲1949 46 years.

1945 (42 yrs . old)

His household is evacuated to Fukumitsu in Toyama prefecture. His house in Yoyogi is burned in a Tokyo air-raid, destroying virtually all his prewar woodblocks and works.

1946 (43 yrs . old)

Displays four prints from series In Praise of Shokei, the Kiln of Kawai Kanjiro in 2nd Japan Art Academy Exhibition (Nitten) and wins the Okada reward.

1948 (45 years of age)

Presents several works on twenty-second Kokugakai convention, such as the recently made Manjusri and Samantabhadra, which were lost in the air raid during carving of the show Two Bodhisattva and Ten Great Disciples of Sakyamuni.

1951 (48 yrs . old)

Techniques from Fukumitsu into previous atelier of Suzuki Shintaro, scholar of French literature, in Ogikubo, Suginami Ward, Tokyo.

1952 (49 yrs old)

Shows ladies, Merciful Avalokitesvaras at the 2nd International Print Exhibition in Lugano, Switzerland, and becomes the very first Japanese musician to be because of the Award of Excellence.

1955 (52 years of age)

Exhibits Two Bodhisattva and Ten Great Disciples of Sakyamuni and Three Women Rising, Three Females Sinking inside third São Paulo Biennale and wins first prize in the print group, the Medal Luzica Matarazzo (named after Francisco Matarazzo Sobrinho, who established the Biennale).

1956 (53 years old)

Shows Compositions on Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Poems and two abstract folding displays at the 6th Japan Woodblock Print community event. Enters eleven works, including Two Bodhisattva and Ten Great Disciples of Sakyamuni; In Praise of Great Joy: On Beethoven's Ninth Symphony; Three Women increasing, Three ladies Sinking; and Nature through the Twelve Months, in the twenty-eighth Venice Biennale and wins grand reward into the print division.


▲1959 56 years old.

1958 (55 yrs . old)

Gifts the center Sutra (second series) for a global program of contemporary Japanese paintings sponsored because of the Japanese Ministry of international Affairs while the nationwide Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. (It exhibition, which featured forty-two Japanese artists of Japanese- and Western-style paintings and woodblock prints, opened in Rome regarding April 15 and traveled to eleven cities in six countries, including Germany, France, Yugoslavia, Egypt, and Iran.)

1959 (56 years old)

Journeys toward US at the invite for the Rockefeller Foundation in addition to Japan Society. Lectures at universities in nyc, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle, and san francisco bay area and holds solo exhibitions in ny and Boston. Opens Munakata Shiko Gallery in Ny. Moves to European countries for about four weeks, and visits museums into the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland, and Van Gogh's grave in Auvers-sur-Oise, outside Paris.

1960 (57 yrs . old)

Opens convention of ninety-six works (including eighty-eight images) at the Cleveland Museum of Art; the show tours Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Is given the Aomori Prefectural Award. Their eyesight, which was indeed in decline since early in the day in the year, gets worse. Although Munakata have been visiting the hospital for therapy, by autumn he loses all picture inside the left attention.

1963 (60 years old)

Receives the Blue Ribbon Medal from the Japanese government. A Munakata print gallery is initiated within Ohara Museum of Art (Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture); it opens towards the general public on January 4, 1964.

1965 (62 yrs . old)

Gets the Asahi Newspaper customs Prize for their distinguished accomplishments in Japanese woodblock printmaking. Goes to america the 2nd time upon invite from Washington University in St. Louis. Gets an honorary doctorate into the humanities from Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire), where he lectures on woodblock images and exhibits their Tokaido series. Receives the blue-ribbon Medal for donating actively works to the National Museum of contemporary Art, Tokyo.

1967 (64 years of age)

Becomes an honorary member of the Japan Woodblock Print community. Goes to the United States the third time to open solamente events. Department Store in Cleveland starts a Munakata convention featuring twenty units of foldable screens. This tv show moves to your Smithsonian organization (Washington, D.C.) plus the Brooklyn Museum (nyc).

1968 (65 yrs . old)

Opens convention on Brooklyn Museum featuring twenty folding displays. Lectures on woodblock images during the University of Hawaii. Attends celebration commemorating seventy years of Aomori's city federal government and receives citizen's prize for his achievements.


▲1968 65 years old.

1969 (66 yrs old)

The city celebrates the orifice associated with building, makes Munakata an "Honorary Citizen, " and opens a unique event.

1970 (67 yrs . old)

Gets the Order of social Merit and is honored for their distinguished achievements.

1973 (70 yrs old)

The Munakata Foundation is initiated.

1974 (71 years of age)

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