Toko Shinoda : a retrospective

2022.04.16(Sat) - 2022.06.22 (Wed) 11:00 - 19:00

Toko Shinoda, a giant star who passed away at the age of 107.

This exhibition presents a retrospective of Toko Shinoda's art works, a total of more than 120 works and documents.

Toko Shinoda, through her activities spanning more than 70 years, pioneered a unique field of abstract expression in ink, from avant-garde calligraphy, and continued to explore it while maintaining a position of isolation. Born in Dalian, China, and raised in Tokyo, Shinoda threw herself into the world of calligraphy in search of an independent way of life, and soon after the war, at the age of over 40, she moved alone to New York and greatly expanded her activities. In this era of feverish search for new forms of expression, when Western abstract art and Japanese avant-garde calligraphy resonated with each other at the forefront of the times, Shinoda's expressions attracted great attention and earned her high acclaim. After returning to Japan, Shinoda established a completely new and original abstract and spatial expression with ink that was not bound by the dichotomies of calligraphy and painting, or writing and figuration, and sometimes extended to an architectural scale, occupying a position unrivaled by any other artist. Shinoda also established a unique style of expression in the world of printmaking, and was widely loved as a master of essays backed by a rich culture, fine sensibility, and a sharp critical mind. This exhibition, held one year after the artist's death at the unbelievable age of 107, introduces Shinoda's entire range of activities over a long period of time with a total of more than 120 works and materials, and examines her broad range and modernity from a contemporary perspective.


Exhibition Outline

April 16 [Saturday] - June 22 [Wednesday], 2022


Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery [3F Gallery 1, 2] Access Floor Map

Opening Hours

11:00 - 19:00 (Admission until 18:30)


Mondays (except May 2)

Admission Fee

Adults 1,200 yen, University and high school students 800 yen, Free for junior high school students and younger