Malene Wagner is a Danish art historian with experience in the international museum, auction and art publishing world, having worked in both Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom. She graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 2010 with an MA in Art History, specialising in Japanese art and Japonisme of the 19th and 20th-centuries. In 2014, she founded Tiger | Tanuki to promote Japanese art via an informal aesthetic approach hoping to inspire a new generation of Japanese art lovers and collectors.
We have a selection of original prints for sale, from classic 19th-century woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) to modern shin hanga ('new prints') and sosaku hanga ('creative prints') of the 20th and 21st centuries. Besides prints, we source specific works of art upon request so feel free to contact us if you are looking for something in particular.
Malene has contributed to several publications such as Apollo Magazine, Kinfolk, Japanomania in the Nordic Countries and Journal of Japonisme, as well as having curated exhibitions and given talks on Japanese art and culture internationally. She also writes for The Japan Society (UK) - read the review of the British Museum's Manga マンガ exhibition here.
The name Tiger | Tanuki reflects the spirit of Japan and the foundation of this company. The tiger (Jap. tora), although not native to Japan, plays a significant role in Japanese art, signifying the virtue of courage as well as harmony of the opposites. Being introduced to Japan through Buddhism, the tiger is in some instances seen as the emblem of the West and in this context points to the cultural exchange between East and West. The tanuki, one the other hand, is found in Japanese mythology and with its supernatural powers has a more humorous and gentle side to it (although it often acts mischievously). A racoon-like dog with a long fuzzy tail, the tanuki is characterised by its large scrotum with which it can drape itself or use as an umbrella on rainy days among other things. To us the tanuki represents creativity and informality.