Exhibitions & activities
Birds, Beasts and Beloved Pets: Animals in Modern Japanese Prints
Our open days of November 2018 have ended. In May 2019 we will be open again with a new exhibition.
Animals have long been part of the tradition of Japanese woodblock prints, spanning a variety of styles. Kuniyoshi created humorous depictions of the twelve zodiac animals, of playful anthropomorphic fish jumping around and of cats, either impersonating humans or freely being themselves. Hiroshige and Hokusai on the other hand, designed pure prints of birds and other animals often in combination with poetry. In the 20th century part of this ‘pure’ tradition of depicting birds and animals continues in the Shin hanga tradition. In the Sōsaku hanga tradition, however, a new trend can be seen: animals are shown in the countryside, in urban settings and as pets. The use of animal motifs in design books and 20th century Japanese scroll paintings will also be highlighted. The exhibition is organised by theme, based on the animal’s role in the Japanese setting.
After years of careful and selective collecting, this exhibition dedicated exclusively to animals has finally been realised. Special attention will be given to the museum’s favourite animal. Visit Birds, Beasts and Beloved Pets this November to find out more!
The accompanying exhibition guide (in English) contains details of all 112 prints in this exhibition. It will be available for purchase at the museum for € 5,00.
Opening timesBirds, Beasts and Beloved Pets can be seen during our open weekends in November 2018.
We will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00-16:00 hrs.
Reservations are not required on our open days.
To enter the museum, please ring the doorbell.
Please note we are not open on Friday 30 November.
Guided tours (in Dutch)
Every Friday in November at 14.00 hrs (with the exception of Friday 30 November)
Tickets: € 7,50 p.p.(booklet included).
The guided tour (in Dutch) will be given by the Junior Curator. Tickets must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.
Nihon no hanga in Paris!
Vagues de renouveau: Estampes japoinaises modernes 1900-1960
6 October 2018 – 6 January 2019
Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
121 rue de Lille 75007 Paris, France
Opening hours: every day except Monday, from 12 to 6 pm.
On 5 October we attended the opening of the exhibition Vagues de renouveau: Estampes japonaises modernes 1900-1960 (Waves of renewal: modern Japanese prints 1900-1960). The opening attracted over 500 visitors and promises to be a great success. Over 200 works from Nihon no hanga will be on display until 6 January 2019 at the Fondation Custodia. For this exhibition Waves of renewal has been translated into French as Vagues de renouveau. In their chosen cover Handmirror (1954) by Itō Shinsui, we see a a modern counterpart to Woman combing her hair (1920) by Hashiguchi Goyō in the original publication.
This exhibition is part of the associate program of Japonismes 2018, a cultural season which showcases numerous Japanese cultural events across Paris and France.
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
Pages, Illustr.: 320 pp.; ca. 380 color illus.
Imprint: Hotei Publishing
This book is available for sale in the museum during our open weekends for the reduced price of Euro 55 (RRP Euro 65), or can be bought through Brill.