Mitsuhiro Unno Print Memorial Hall, Shimada City Museum

In 1993 (Heisei 5), Shimada City Museum in Shizuoka Prefecture, Shimada City Museum held “Mitsuhiro Unno Woodcut Exhibition”, and all works were donated to Shimada City by the Unno family in 2000. Opened as a facility in the Shimada City Museum / Branch. A woodcut is on permanent display.

Born in Shizuoka City in 1939 (Showa 14), he produced full-scale prints from the first year of middle school. In 1977, he won the Swiss Art Prize Exhibition Excellence Award and collected and exhibited many works by Mitsuhiro Unno, a printmaker who suddenly died at the age of 39 while working as a printmaker. It is a memorial hall.

Many of the styles depict human beings who live in each climate, and are characterized by the technique of overlaying colors on the black version of the woodcut. His gentle view of humanity is expressed, making the viewer’s heart feel a strange nostalgia.

The work was donated by Mrs. Unno in 1999. Umino’s works are also held in the Swiss Petit Palais Museum, the Chicago Museum of Art, the Hamamatsu City Museum of Art, etc. Opened in 2000, this memorial hall is white, precious, contrasting with the black of a Japanese house, and in harmony with the greenery of the courtyard, creating a peaceful space.

Mitsuhiro Unno
Mitsuhiro Unno, 19 November 1939-September 23, 1979, is a Japanese woodcut artist. Born in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

Born as the second son of the Unno family, who was engaged in the dyeing industry in Shitomi-cho, Shizuoka City (now Shintomi-cho, Sakai-ku). In 1952, he entered Shizuoka City Suehiro Junior High School. Around the year, the prints put in the diary were noticed by the teachers, introduced to the Japanese education print association teacher, Yuji Kajita, and later became involved in print production. After graduating from Shizuoka Commercial High School, he worked at the Hitachi, Ltd. Tokyo head office, but retired in 1959 when he turned 20. In the same year, she began her first solo exhibition in Shizuoka city. “Taku” announced in 1964 (Showa 39) received the Japan Print Association Award Encouragement Award. Since then, many works have been produced and announced. In 1972, the “Mountain of Dialogue” was awarded the Shizuoka Prefectural Art Festival Award. Receive an award for excellence.

A view of the original Japanese landscapes such as old houses, satoyama, and rural villages that have been sketched around various parts of Japan using a multicolored printing method based on a black plate and printing various colors on it. It is expressed in a unique color and composition that gives nostalgia to the.

In September 1979, he suddenly fell into cerebral hemorrhage and died at the age of 39 on the 23rd of the same month.

Shimada City Museum
Shimada City Museum is a municipal museum operated by Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In addition to the main building that introduces the city’s history, culture, and art, there is a branch consisting of a “folklore room” that displays folklore materials, a “Meiji Japanese house”, and a “print memorial museum” that honors the printmaker Mitsuhiro Unno. .

Located 1.8 km west of Shimada city center, near the Oigawa riverbed. The museum is located along the highway of the national historic site “Shimadajuku Oigawa Kawagoe Ruins” that reproduces the post of the former Tokaido Shimadajuku over the Oigawa River. There is a branch along the highway about 200 meters northeast of the main building.

Main building
A two-story building with a Japanese-style tile roof. In the permanent exhibition room on the first floor, you can learn about the history of the city by introducing materials from the Edo period, such as Shimada-juku and Oigawa Kawagoe, Shimada’s swordsmith, Shimada Festival, Shimada Kaoru, Shidoro ware. . The second floor is a special exhibition room that regularly holds special exhibitions based on certain themes. In addition to historical materials, the museum also stores art collections such as modern and contemporary paintings, ceramics, and crafts.

The following three facilities are attached.

Folklore room
It stores folk materials donated by citizens (such as daily necessities, tools, and farm tools), and exhibits on the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras.

Meiji Japanese house
The old private house “Old Sakurai House”, built in 1890 (Meiji 23), has been restored and released. It is also used as an exhibition room for contemporary art.

Mitsuhiro Unno Print Memorial Hall
Awarded the print artist Mitsuhiro Unno (1939-1979) from Shizuoka City, collecting and displaying works donated by the bereaved family to Shimada City. A special exhibition will be held to show the works of modern woodcut artists.