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Musee Hamaguchi Yozo : Yamasa Collection 2023 WINTER COLLECTION EXHIBITION Yozo Hamaguchi Exhibition – Mezzotint Came Across in Three Novels25 November 2023 (Sat.) – 25 February 2024 (Sun.) 2023年11月25日

Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) is an artist active in the latter half of the 20th century. He pioneered a new technique called color mezzotint, and produced color expressions with soft depth and tranquility.

Among copper-plate engravings, mezzotint in particular, is one of the unfamiliar techniques in Japan, but it has a unique texture that one will never forget once seeing it.

In this exhibition, together with Yozo Hamaguchi’s works, novels about print works by mezzotint are introduced. They are a ghost story by British author Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936), a science fiction novel about time by Kaoru Kitamura (1949-), and a brilliant short story by Kunio Tsukamoto (1920-2005) who is also a poet.

The print works in these novels carry the atmosphere of their respective eras and each work have an irreplaceable sense of presence within the novel. Please appreciate the feeling of mezzotint in literature along with approximately 50 copper-plate engravings by Yozo Hamaguchi.

Musee Hamaguchi Yozo : Yamasa Collection 2023 Autumn Exhibition 26 August 2023 (Sat.) – 19 November 2023 (Sun.)   Boat Rowing to the Light ~Far-Reaching Breadth Born from the Hands~HAMAGUCHI Yozo with KUWABARA Hiroaki, TAKASHIMA Susumu, and MAEDA Masayoshi 2023年8月26日

Standing in front of Yozo Hamaguchi’s copper-plate engravings, one will be wrapped in the softness and tranquility of colors.

Together with the works of Yozo Hamaguchi, we introduce three artists who seek after delicate and clear expressions in the present age.


KUWABARA Hiroaki, an artist who creates a quiet world inside of a scope that can be wrapped in one’s hand.

TAKASHIMA Susumu, who eliminates subjectivity and continues to draw for materials and tools.

MAEDA Masayoshi, who puts ingenuous dreams into small moving sculptures.


Small shapes and delicate lines include far-reaching breadth.

This is an exhibition of expression that can be called a modest solemnity.

Please appreciate the works of four artists, which invite you from the horizon to the sky and to eternity.


We invited Ms. YANAI Midori, an art historian, as an exhibition adviser.






Inside the brass scope, a small chair, etc., are locked in, that fits on one’s fingertips. When looking through it with a light through several holes of the scope, it looks as if time changes, or unexpected scenery appears depending on the angle of the light.




All the works are drawings using materials that change the thickness of the lines.

The lines drawn by brushes are thick and deep at the beginning when they contain ink, and they become gradually thin and then faint.  To the contrary, lines drawn by color pencils or core metal are thin at the beginning when they are sharpened and gradually become thick.

By repeating these lines of varying thickness regularly and filling the whole drawing by them, works are born that can be said to be crystals of lines unique to each material.


MAEDA Masayoshi


Small moving sculptures address quietly. Simple lines perform the flow of time like poetry, and drawing out pure dreams and forgotten memories and emotions of inside of one’s heart.

At this exhibition, pictures and small moving sculptures are exhibited together.

Demonstrations of the small moving sculptures will be at 11:30 and 14:30 every day, and around 18:30 on night museum days.




The works are characterized by soft black that is created by carving a copper-plate over a long period of time.

They bring a feeling of tranquility and eternity.




information 2023年5月27日

2023 Summer Exhibition of Collections

Keiko Minami Copper-plate Prints Exhibition : Quiet Kingdom

2023 May 27 (Sat.) – Aug 6 (Sun.)

The World of Yozo Hamaguchi : Soft Light and Darkness – From the Dialogue Between Yozo Hamaguchi and Yasuo Kashiwakura, Scholar of French Literature 11 February 2023 (Sat.) – 7 May 2023 (Sun.) 2023年2月11日

The World of Yozo Hamaguchi : Soft Light and Darkness – From the Dialogue Between Yozo Hamaguchi and Yasuo Kashiwakura, Scholar of French Literature

11 February 2023 (Sat.) – 7 May 2023 (Sun.)

Yozo Hamaguchi is a copper-plate artist representing the latter half of the 20th century. This exhibition brings out a part of the secret of the creation based on his own recollection.

In 1930, Hamaguchi withdrew from the Department of Sculpture at Tokyo School of Fine Arts and went to Paris, the international art city. While staying there, he tried oil painting and watercolor painting, but was forced to return to Japan due to the outbreak of World War II. After the war, around after the age of 40, he began working on copper-plate engraving in earnest for the first time. After that, when he went again to Paris, he opened his way as a printmaker all at once. During his lifetime, Yozo Hamaguchi did not talk much about his own works, but in 1987, from the cheerful dialogue of the interview in Tokyo, it came up that his quiet works were always supported by soft ideas and an inquisitive mind. The interviewer was Mr. Yasuo Kashiwakura, a scholar of French literature who lived in Paris for seven years as an NHK correspondent, who had contact with the artist.

This interview was originally featured in our exhibition 11 years ago. In this exhibition, the interview is introduced from a new angle by adding works and materials that were discovered afterwards.

information 2022年10月29日

Fanfare Reflected in Eyes

-Copper-plate Engravings by Yozo Hamaguchi and Shin-hanga by Hasui Kawase and Others-

29 October 2022 (Sat.) – 29 January 2023 (Sun.)

information 2022年5月14日

Musée Hamaguchi Yozo – Yamasa Collection : 2022 Early Summer Exhibition

Invitation to Color

14 May (Sat.) – 10 July 2022 (Sun.)

information 2021年12月12日

2022 Exbihition

Yozo Hamaguchi・Bruno Mathon Joint Exhibition – A Door One Ahead –15 January 2022 (Sat.) – 3 April 2022 (Sun.)

information 2021年9月11日

2021 Autumn Exhibition, Musée Hamaguchi Yozo: Yamasa Collection Small Palm-sized Paintings -Yozo Hamaguchi in Paris in the 1930s- 11 September (Sat.) – 22 December (Wed.)
museum is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Monsdays.

information 2021年4月10日

“Traces of Butterflies”: Exhibition Commemorating the 110th Anniversary of Keiko Minami’s Birth-10 April 2021 (Sat.) – 9 August 2021 (Sun.)museum is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Monsdays.

information 2021年1月16日

Contemplation and Distillation  
Yozo Hamaguchi and Yuji Hamada Joint Exhibition
16 January 2021 (Sat.) – 4 April 2021 (Sun.)

Museum is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Monsdays.

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