Yozo Hamaguchi 100th Anniversary International Print Competition and Exhibition

A Grand prize ¥1,000,000 and two second prizes ¥400,000 with 15 more works selected to be exhibited.
Musée Hamaguchi Yozo: Yamasa Collection (MHYYC) is pleased to announce a competitive international exhibition of best innovative intaglio print art in the world today. A grand prize of ¥1,000,000 and two second prizes of ¥400,000 with 15 more honorable mentioned to be exhibited at Musée Hamaguchi Yozo: Yamasa Collection, Tokyo, Japan.


Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) is a printmaker widely known as the artist who gave a new life to mezzotint, a printmaking technique invented in 17th century, with his own color printing style. His establishment has been appreciated as "(mezzotint’s) most distinguished and almost solitary mid-20th-century advocate" (quote from the Encyclopædia Britannica).
In commemoration of 100-year-annivesery of the artist’s birth, Musée Hamaguchi Yozo: Yamasa Collection is hosting a worldwide competition of printmaking work produced in Intaglio (etching, dry point, mezzotint, aquatint, etc.). In respect to Hamaguchi’s pioneer spirit, we expect submissions of innovative intaglio prints and print- based works from all over the world.


Eligibility Open to all artists
Original work of intaglio prints and print-based work.
Work dimension to be within 1 meter in height by 1 meter in width,
30 centimeter in depth (1m x 1m x 30cm).

  • Prize winners are encouraged to travel to Tokyo for prize giving ceremony and reception by artists’ own expense.
  • Work must be original by the submitting artist, previously unreleased and must have been produced after July 1, 2007.
  • Work does not have to be produced especially for this competition.
  • Matted or Framed work will not be accepted.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) works. A set of work consist of three separate format (such as triptych) to be counted as three works.
Jury Akira Tatehata (Director, National Museum of Art, Osaka)
Fram Kitagawa (Director, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial)
Ryoji Ikeda (Artist, Professor, Musashino Art University)
Keisuke Yamaguchi (Artist)
Mika Yoshizawa (Artist)
Prizes A grand prize of 1,000,000 Japanese yen and two second prizes of 400,000 Japanese Yen with 15 honorable mentions to be shown in the exhibition.
Entry Fee No charges for entry submissions (Shipping cost on both send and return, insurance and customs charges to be covered by the artist).
Entry Form Entry Form and Shipping Instruction Download (PDF 3.9MB)
  • Accepting entry form
    January 7 to March 15, 2009 (by 17:00)
  • Accepting work
    From outside Japan: July 1 to 27, 2009 (by 17:00)
  • Screening
    August 7, 2009
  • Announcement of result (On website)
    August 12, 2009
  • Exhibition
    September 12 to December 22, 2009
  • Prize giving Ceremony
    September 26, 2009 at exhibition venue
Return of work Cost of return delivery to be paid by applicants (work is not returnable without payment advised below).
Exhibited works will be returned around the end of December, 2009 (International shipment may be delayed with unexpected reasons).
Other works will be returned around the end of September, 2009.
Artists are responsible for notifying organizers changes in return address.
Work will be handled with all possible care, however, organizers shall not be held responsible for unforeseen loss, theft or damage incurred during shipping or handling.

  • Inside Japan
    Enclose Cash-on delivery (Chaku-barai) slip of your delivery company’s with full information of return name, address and phone number filled.
  • Outside Japan
    Enclose Postal Money Order in same amount as cost sending to Japan (see also shipping instruction PDF).
Terms Artists are responsible for copyright issue of submitted works. Official permission must be obtained when copyright of the work belong to others.
Musée Hamaguchi Yozo: Yamasa Collection has the right to reproduce and photograph accepted works for purposes related to promotion, catalogues and other reproduction about the competition and the exhibition.


Any further questions to be asked and answered ONLY by e-mail and fax to address and number below.
Organizer will not answer to questions relate to screening.

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Musée Hamaguchi Yozo : Yamasa Collection (MHYYC)
1-35-7 Kakigaracho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
E-mail: yozo@yamasa.com    Fax: +81-3-3665-0257

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