Exhibitions & activities  

November exhibtions:

Printing Styles: Techniques of Japanese Printmaking
Adventurous Artists: Depicting Japan and the World

Open weekends have ended

This autumn along with Adventurous Artists: Depicting Japan and the World, which opened this spring, we are featuring a mini exhibition on the top floor of Nihon no hanga titled Printing Styles: Techniques of Japanese Printmaking. The most asked question in our museum has always been: how are these prints made? In the small booklet we have created especially for our November open weekends, we will give a detailed answer: highlighting woodblock printing techniques illustrated by prints from the collection.

To our longtime visitors, this exhibition is a revisit of our May 2014
exhibition "Wood, Paper, Ink". At the time we did not produce a
catalogue, and this informative booklet is long overdue as one of our
museum's publications. It also serves as an exhibition guide and is
available at the museum for € 5,00.

In Adventurous Artists: Depicting Japan and the World West studies East and East studies West. For our main 2017 exhibition we delve into the beginnings of 20th century Japanese printmaking. In the 19th century many western artists were infatuated with anything Japanese, and with Japan opening its doors to the world and new modes of travel, a journey to this intriguing country became a possibility for some. While many notable western painters used the imagery and composition of Japanese prints as an inspiration, a few set their hearts on learning the elaborate process of woodblock printmaking.
This exhibition is dedicated to western and Japanese artists who became part of an intricate and fluid network of early 20th century printmaking, which even extended to contemporary western artists making their own Japanese style woodblock prints without ever adventuring to Japan.

We have made an illustrated exhibition guide (in English) which will lead you among some 90 works. It will be available for purchase at the museum for € 5,00.

I hope to welcome you to our joint exhibitions Printing Styles & Adventurous Artists this November.

Elise Wessels
Director Nihon no hanga


 Book announcement

With great pleasure Nihon no hanga presents the following publication:

Waves of renewal: modern Japanese prints, 1900 to 1960
Selections from the Nihon no Hanga collection, Amsterdam

Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Reigle Newland and Maureen de Vries

Waves of renewal traces the history of Japanese printmaking following an era of decline beginning in the late nineteenth century. The early twentieth century witnessed the emergence of two principal printmaking movements. The first—shin hanga (new print)—reinvented and revitalised the conventional genres of landscape, beauties and actors. Shin hanga adhered to a traditional production method that was based on the cooperation between artist, block-cutter, printer and publisher. At the same time, it strove to forge a new visual language in both style and technique. The second—sōsaku hanga (creative print)—was inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese art and aesthetics. In the main, sōsaku hanga adherents advocated the participation of the artist in the entire creative process from design to production.

Waves of renewal is the most comprehensive publication to date to focus on the holdings of the Nihon no hanga collection in Amsterdam. The 277 prints included showcase the sophistication of shin hanga and the boldness of sōsaku hanga. An introductory essay sets the stage, followed by ten shorter essays by noted scholars in the field that centre on aspects integral to our understanding of early to mid-twentieth century Japanese printmaking. Each print is documented and annotated in the extensive catalogue section.
This book coincided with the very successful exhibition 'Modern Japanese prints: 1910-1960' held at the Baur Foundation - Museum of Far Eastern Art in Geneva, Switzerland from 3 March - 22 May 2016.

Chris Uhlenbeck; Amy Reigle Newland; Shōichirō Watanabe; Setsuko Abe; Kendall H. Brown; Mikiko Hirayama; Junko Nishiyama; Chiaki Ajioka; Noriko Kuwahara; Kiyoko Sawatari; Maureen de Vries

Publication Date: March 2016
Format: Hardback
Pages, Illustr.: 320 pp.; ca. 380 color illus.
Imprint: Hotei Publishing
Language: English

This book is available for sale in the museum during the open weekends in November for the reduced price of Euro 55 (RRP Euro 65), or can be bought through Brill.

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