Japanese Woodblock Prints: Selections from the Haggin Museum Collection

Next Upcoming Date: Wednesday, Dec 12 2018

A special exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the Haggin Museum’s collection, featuring interpretive content by Dr. John Listopad.

October 4, 2018 - January 2, 2019

This selection of more than 30 prints, known as ukiyo-e or “pictures of the floating world,” showcases noted artists such as Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni and Utamaro.   

Traditionally, woodblock prints have been a popular art form for the masses, illustrating stories of lovers and courtesans from the pleasure quarters, popular kabuki theatre actors and their roles, great heroes in battle, parodies of classical literature and history, as well as landscapes depicting famous places and views.

The Japanese prints in this show belong to three distinct periods and all are hand printed from intricately carved wooden blocks. The earliest prints were designed and printed around 1700 in the old capital city of Kyoto. The vast majority of the prints are in an elaborate multi-colored style called “brocade prints” that might use as many as 15 fine-grained cherry wood blocks and multiple impressions from each block, a technique that began to be used around 1765. The third period represented in this exhibition is the “Shin-Hanga” or “New Print” woodblock print revival that was championed by the publisher Watanaba Shozaburo beginning in the early 1920s.

Museum Hours:

  • Saturdays - Sundays: 12:00 - 5:00pm (October 3rd: Museum closes at 4:00pm)
  • Wednesdays - Fridays: 1:30 - 5:00pm
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays: 1:30 - 9:00pm

Museum Admission:

  • Adults (ages 18-64): $8
  • Seniors (ages 65+): $7
  • Youth (ages 10-17) and Students (with valid school ID): $5
  • Museum Members, Children under age 10 accompanied by an adult, 1st Saturdays: Free



Haggin Museum
1201 N. Pershing Avenue
Stockton, California

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, Dec 12
Thursday, Dec 13
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