Malene Wagner is a Danish art historian with experience in the international museum, auction and art publishing world. She specialises in 19th-20th-century Japanese art and Japonisme and founded Tiger Tanuki in 2014 to promote Japanese art via an informal aesthetic approach. The aim is to reach out to and inspire a new generation of Japanese art lovers and collectors.
We have a selection of original prints available to purchase, 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 which is the foundation of the 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 from China through Buddhism, the tiger is in some instances seen as the emblem of the West and in this context it points to the cultural exchange between Japan and the West. Tanuki, a racoon-like dog from Japanese mythology with supernatural powers, has a more humorous and gentle side to it, although it often acts mischievously. Tanuki is a fury little animal with a long fuzzy tail and is characterised by its large scrotum with which it can drape itself or use as an umbrella on rainy days. The tanuki represents to us humour and creativity.