Munakata Shikō's Work Replaced with Photocopy, Seen Stolen (News)
Yokohama, April 17 (Jiji Press)—The Kanagawa prefectural government said Monday a woodblock print made by the woodblock printmaker Munakata Shikō (1903–75) has been missing for three years since the real work of the noted artist was found to have been replaced with a photocopy.
The print may have been stolen, the prefectural government said, adding that it is consulting with police.
According to Kanagawa officials, the missing print measures some 65 centimeters in width and 50 centimeters in height. The prefectural government asked Munakata to produce the print as the design for a drop curtain at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, a performing arts center run by the Kanagawa Arts Foundation in Yokohama.
The print was acquired by the prefectural government for ¥3 million in 1974. There is no other copy.
After being leased to the foundation, the print was transferred to the prefectural Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura, where Munakata had a studio, in 2013 and put on exhibition later.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]