Exhibitions & activities
November 2019 exhibition:
Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio
Please note our open days have ended and we are closed until May 2020.
This November Nihon no hanga will be showing the entire series of One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era by Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945). Various prints from the series have played important roles in our past exhibitions, but only a number of the entire set have been shown to the public. Nihon no hanga will be the first museum to showcase a complete set of the series released by the artist himself in 1940.
Koizumi Kishio was a creative print (sōsaku hanga) artist who was dedicated to the complete self-production of his prints. One of his greatest ambitions was to create a series of one hundred views of Tokyo. He was inspired by great woodblock print artists such as Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), who both devoted series to the city - then known as Edo. During the course of Kishio's project, Tokyo changed significantly. Through the city's hardships of the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, and the following period of immense urban upheaval, Kishio continued to find inspiration for his woodblock prints in the ever-changing metropolis of Great Tokyo. From the first print in October 1928 to the hundredth design of December 1937, Kishio worked diligently on what he called his life's work. Through one hundred views, the exhibition will explore Kishio's personal interpretation of the reconstructed visual identity of Tokyo, as well as highlighting the intriguing story behind the making of the series. Nihon no hanga is the first museum to showcase a complete set of the series released by the artist himself in 1940.
The accompanying exhibition guide (in English) contains an in-depth essay on the creation of the One hundred pictures of Great Tokyo in the Shōwa era series, and illustrates all 100 prints from Nihon no hanga's complete set.
The first printing of Great Tokyo sold out during our open days. A reprint is available for purchase for 10,00 Euro.
Great Tokyo can be seen during our open weekends in November 2019.
We will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 12:00-16:00 hrs.
Please note we are not open on Saturday 30 November.
To enter the museum, please ring the doorbell.
Guided tours (in Dutch)
We will host an extra guided tour on Friday 29 November. Tickets are for sale via Eventbrite.
Every Friday in November at 14.00 hrs
The guided tour will be given in Dutch.
Tickets must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite.
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.