Happiness on the Horizon: The Copperplate Prints of Yozo Hamaguchi

Musee Hamaguchi Yozo / Yamasa Collection



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Yozo Hamaguchi (1909–2000) was a major figure in 20th century copperplate printmaking. After WWII, he traveled to Paris and developed the color mezzotint method of copperplate engraving around 1955. His artworks created with this method received numerous international awards. He is listed in Encyclopedia Britannica as the artist who developed color mezzotint.
Hamaguchi’s works depict faint light emanating from soft blackness with calm horizons and gentle warmth. The blacks of his mezzotints come in gradations, with overlapping yellows, reds, and blues giving the works rich nuance. This exhibition for the 111th anniversary of Hamaguchi’s birth features around 50 pieces, including oil paintings and newly found documents. Feast your eyes on this banquet of bottomless depth and poetic color.


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from August 18, 2020 to December 20, 2020
Open until 20:00 (admission until 19:30) every first and third Friday of the month. Closed on November 24 (Tues.). Open September 22 (Tues.).


Adults ¥600, University and High School Students ¥400, Junior High School Students and under free.

Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 17:00
saturdays opening at 10:00, sundays opening at 10:00, holidays opening at 10:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the summer, New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 1-35-7 Kakigaracho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0014
Phone: 03-3665-0251 Fax: 03-3665-0257

1 minute walk from exit 3 at Suitengumae Station on the Hanzomon line, 8 minute walk from exit A2 at Ningyocho Station on the Hibiya line, 10 minute walk from exit A5 at Ningyocho Station on the Toei Asakusa line.

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