Exhibitions & activities  


May exhibtions:

Vincent in Japan: Admired, Worshipped and Copied
Printing Styles: Techniques of Japanese Printmaking

This spring Nihon no hanga is inspired by the exhibition Van Gogh & Japan  on display at the Van Gogh Museum (23 March - 24 June 2018),  showcasing the influence of Japanese art on Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. In our Vincent in Japan exhibition we shed light on the appreciation and adoration of Vincent van Gogh in Japan.
Japanese artists  became aware of Vincent at a time when their art world was experiencing turbulent change during the first decades of the 20th century.  Not only his art, but also his personal life sparked the imagination of many artists. They travelled to France to study western style painting and some of these artists wanted to trace Vincent’s last footsteps in Auvers-sur-Oise. There they visited the hospitable Paul Gachet Jr, the son of Dr Paul Gachet who took care of Vincent during last months of his life and who kept a collection of paintings and drawings. In Gachet’s carefully kept guestbooks we  encounter the names of artists who are familiar to the visitors of Nihon no hanga. This exhibition shows the printed works of artists who were moved by Van Gogh, paintings by the first Japanese biographer of Van Gogh, and culminates in the project of one artist in particular, Okuyama Gihachirō. His 'translations' of 23 iconic Van Gogh paintings and drawings in woodblock, will all be on display at this exhibition.
Vincent in Japan: Admired, Worshipped and Copied will highlight how dedicated artists collaborated with devoted enthusiasts to maintain the Japanese adoration of Van Gogh, a legacy in its own right.

The accompanying exhibition guide (in English) which contains details of all 75 prints in this exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive essay covering the connection of Nihon no hanga's artists to Vincent van Gogh's life and art. It will be available for purchase at the museum for € 5,00.


Along with Vincent in Japan: Admired, Worshipped and Copied the mini exhibition Printing Styles: Techniques of Japanese Printmaking will be on view on the top floor. The most asked question in our museum has always been: how are these prints made? In the accompanying small booklet (
€ 5,00) we will give a detailed answer: highlighting woodblock printing techniques illustrated by prints from the collection.
If you have visited us in November and purchased this catalogue, please remember to bring it with you this May!

A guided tour (in Dutch) will be given by the Junior Curator every Friday in May at 14.00 hrs. It will focus on the Vincent in Japan exhibition and will include its booklet. Tickets (
€ 7,50) are only available via our Eventbrite page.

I hope to welcome you to our exhibitions Vincent in Japan & Printing Styles this May.

Elise Wessels
Director Nihon no hanga

Other exhibitions

Vagues de renouveau
Estampes modernes japonaises 1900-1960

Fondation Custodia / Collection Frits Lugt
121 rue de Lille 75007 Paris, France

6 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

Nihon no hanga is pleased to announce that the Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960 exhibition will be on display from 6 October at the Fondation Custodia in Paris! Over 200 highlights from the collection will be gracing the walls of this splendid museum.

For this occasion Waves of Renewal has been translated into French.

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 our open weekends for the reduced price of Euro 55 (RRP Euro 65), or can be bought through Brill.

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