The American Dream: Pop to the Present

Prints from the British Museum
2 June – 2 September 2018

After the success of the exhibition The American Dream: Pop to the Present in the spring of 2017 in London, the Fondation Custodia, the Terra Foundation for American Art and the British Museum are collaborating in summer 2018 to present a selection of American prints from the British Museum’s important graphic collection. Some 90 works from the 1960s to the present provide the opportunity to trace the history of American printmaking during the second half of the twentieth century. Key prints include masterpieces by Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol, as well as by artists who are less well-known in Europe.

  • Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags I, 1973
    Colour screenprint, 675 × 850 mm
    © Trustees of the British Museum et Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, Londres 2017
  • Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Jackie II,
    from 11 Pop Artists, 1965, published 1966
    Colour screenprint, 607 × 759 mm
    © Trustees of the British Museum et The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York et DACS, Londres, 2017

Waves of renewal

Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960
6 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

For most art connoisseurs, Japanese art comes down to 18th-century (Utamaro, Sharaku) and 19th-century art (Hokusai, Hiroshige or Kuniyoshi). In recent years, however, there has been an emergence of works by 20th-century artists such as Komura Settai, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, Onchi Koshiro and Hashigushi Goyo, to name just a few. This special exhibition will unveil the creative endeavors of these artists who witnessed the modernization of Japan during the 20th century, and will be the first exhibition to explore the significance of two artistic currents: Shin hanga, which treats the traditional themes of female portraits and landscapes, as well as the more avant-garde Sosaku hanga, which tackles modern and urban life. As Japan opened up, so did Japanese artists, and they responded to western artistic movements.

  • Itö Shinsui, Blackening the eyebrows, 1928
    Colour woodblock print, 282 × 402 mm
    Collection Elise Wessels – Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam
  • Azechi Umetarö, Rain, from the Nissan calendar, 1957
    Colour woodblock print, 282 × 267 mm
    Collection Elise Wessels – Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam