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Koukei Tsuruya

July 1946
Biography
Born in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa and raised in Nishi-waseda, Tokyo
An independent artist, whose father and grandfather were both painters. The latter is Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)

September 1978 -
Biography
Debuted as a woodblock artist of actor prints at Kabukiza Theatre
Prints were produced based on scenes from rehearsals and first days of performances held at Kabukiza Theatre.
The production was finished in 10-15 days and prints went on sale during the second half of performances lasting 25 days.
The audience purchased the prints on-site.

1980
Exhibition
Exhibition of Tsuruya Koukei (Yoseido Gallery)

March 1980
Media
First Solo Exhibition of a Rookie Woodblock Artist
The Yomiuri Shimbun (art)

June 1982
Media
Introducing Tsuruya Koukei
NHK TV (Hogaku Hyakusen)

July 1983
Media
Mystery Artist Is a Former Salaryman
The Tokyo Shimbun (entertainment)

August 1984
Media
Modernizing Actor Prints
The Yomiuri Shimbun (techo)

1985
Exhibition
Ukiyo-e of Ichikawa Danjuro (Riccar Museum) *not a private exhibition

Media
Art Dealer Robert Sawers Promotes Koukei the Modern Sharaku
The Nikkei (Ningen Hakken)

May 1987
Media
Aiming to Be a Modern Sharaku
NHK TV

1988
Exhibition
The 100th Anniversary of Kabukiza Theatre - Exhibition of Tsuruya Koukei
co-sponsored by Shochiku Co., Ltd. and Kabukiza Theatre (Matsuya Ginza)

1988
Catalogue
Tsuruya Kokei: Kabuki Actor Prints (edited by Kabukiza Theatre and published by Shochiku Co., Ltd.)

April 1988
Media
Print-maker Specializes in Okubi-e
The Japan Times (ARTS)

Media
Art Book "Tsuruya Kokei: Kabuki Actor Prints"
The Yomiuri Shimbun (review)

October 1988
Media
True Face of the Artist of the Red-hot Exhibition "Kabuki Actor Woodblock Prints"
Focus (for sale)

November 1988
Media
This Is a Work by the Mysterious Ukiyo-e Artist
The Sankei Shimbun

December 1987
Media
Tsuruya Koukei's Actor Prints Attract the British Museum
Pia (Pia News Network)

1989
Exhibition
Exhibition of Tsuruya Koukei (USC Pacific Asia Museum, USA)

March 1989
Media
Mysterious Ukiyo-e Artist Sharaku and Tsuruya Koukei
THE GOLD (ART)

1990
Catalogue
JAPANESE ART (British Museum) *appeared

1991
Exhibition
Exhibition of Tsuruya Koukei (The Redfern Gallery, UK)

1992
Catalogue
The Woodblock Prints by Tsuruya Koukei (Art Department of Matsuya Ginza)

1994
Exhibition
Japanese Prints from Taisho and Showa Periods (British Museum) *not a private exhibition

1994
Catalogue
Modern Japanese Prints, 1912-1989: Woodblocks and Stencils (British Museum) *appeared

August 1994
Media
A Mega-selling Artist Tsuruya Koukei
Nikkei Art

1995
Exhibition
Japanese Art (British Museum) *not a private exhibition

2000
Exhibition
Collection of the Actor Prints by Tsuruya Koukei (Hiraki Ukiyo-e Museum, Yokohama)

2000
Exhibition
The Full Scope of the Actor Prints by Tsuruya Koukei
supported by Shochiku Co., Ltd., Kabukiza Theatre and Japan Actors' Association (Matsuya Ginza)

2000
Catalogue
Tsuruya Kokei: The Complete Woodblock Prints

August 2000
Biography
Completion of the actor prints production
11,332 prints of 200 works including portraits were produced in 22 years.
The prints were first purchased by a collector Oliver Statler in the early 1980s, followed by an art dealer Robert Sawers and the British Museum.
Other owners of over 100 works:
-Shochiku Otani Library *complete collection of actor prints
-Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation *complete collection of actor prints
-Waseda University Theatre Museum

2001
Exhibition
The Modern Ukiyo-e Artist Tsuruya Koukei (Chigasaki City Museum of Art)

2001
Catalogue
Catalog of Tsuruya Koukei Exhibition (Chigasaki City Museum of Art)

2002 - 2008
Biography
Release of works including a series of 12 self-portraits and 7 works of "Lonliness"

2008
Catalogue
Tsuruya Koukei: Three Decades to Draw a Face 1978-2008 (Yamada Shoten Co., Ltd.)

2011 - 2012
Biography
Release of the Fans in Stream Trilogy "Cat Kabuki"
Sukeroku, Shibaraku and Chushingura

2011
Exhibition
Tsuruya Koukei's Actor Woodblock Prints (Bunkamura Gallery)

2013 - 2016
Biography
Release of the series "Five Subjects Dedicated to Arcimboldo"
Cat, Dog, Insect, Kumadori and Dragon

2016
Exhibition
Tsuruya Koukei's Modern Ukiyo-e (Bunkamura Gallery)

2017 - 2020
Biography
Release of the series "Five Styles of Banzai-Ukiyoe"
Hokusai, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Kunisada and Yoshitoshi

February 2019
Media
Dialogue lecture with students of the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach

2019
Exhibition
Tsuruya Koukei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited (USC Pacific Asia Museum, USA)
interview and dialogue lecture



December 2019
Media
The Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight (a Pulitzer Prize finalist in criticism) gave an honorable mention of 2019 to the exhibition "Tsuruya Koukei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited"

2020
Exhibition
Exhibition of Tsuruya Koukei (Asia Society Texas Center, USA)

2021
Exhibition
Exhibition of Tsuruya Koukei (Bunkamura Gallery)