Modern Japanese Prints at University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery

April 10 – June 21, 2015

The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania presents A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints, an exhibition, that brings together Japanese prints addressing the idea of place and landscape in the modern era on view to the public until June 21, 2015.

This exhibition explores the tradition of Japanese artists who select famous sites and landscapes for their work. They actively reinterpreted the concept of “famous places” (meisho), one of the most influential concepts of landscape imagery in traditional Japan.

In a century that bore witness to two world wars, globalization, and a succession of modern art movements, the concept of “place” was anything but simple for generations of twentieth-century Japanese print artists working at home and abroad.  While some artists reflected upon the changes of the twentieth century in their work, some promoted sites of national importance, and still others sought to reimagine what constituted “famous places” in the new landscapes of modern Japan as well as in the world beyond.  This exhibition brings together prints and books on this theme, with works selected from the holdings of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Library, and private collections.

Related Programming:

Thursday, April 9, 2015 5-7:30 p.m. 
Opening Reception and Gallery Tour 

Saturday, April 18, 2105 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Symposium complementing the exhibition “A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints in Context” held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Van Pelt Library, 6th floor, University of Pennsylvania. More details about the symposium can be found at:

Thursday, May 14, 5:30 p.m.
Concert by Dolce Suono Ensemble

Student docent tours are available Saturdays at 1 p.m.
The Gallery is located at 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia (located in the Fisher Fine Arts Library Building), and is free and open to the public.

HOURS: Weekdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Weekends Noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.  To reserve a group tour please contact us at or 215-898-3617

Additional information is available at or 215-898-2083


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