About Nihon no hanga

The prints preserved in this private museum have been collected over a period of 25 years.
At the moment, the collection includes nearly 2000 Japanese prints of which 90% dates from
the 20th century. Nihon no hanga has as its goal to provide a comprehensive overview of the
developments in 20th century Japanese print production, with an emphasis on the pre-war

The collection and library is available to scholars and students for research. All prints are
documented in a database which can be consulted at the museum upon request. Part of our illustrated books collection (a.o. the complete set of Ladies' Graphic) can now be consulted through an online database. Please contact the Junior Curator via e-mail for more information. Nihon no hanga seeks cooperation with other institutions to further the cause of a proper understanding and appreciation of 20th century Japanese graphic art.

The activities of Nihon no hanga come under the Für Elise Foundation, an ANBI Stichting
(Public Benefit Organisation), registered in the Netherlands.

Opening times 
Two times a year an exhibition will be held exploring a variety of themes. These exhibitions are on
view in the weekends of the months of May and November, Friday through Sunday, daily from
12:00 - 16:00 hrs. On every Friday in the months of May and November a guided tour will be given
by the Curator at 14:00 hrs, for which a small fee is charged. During our open days you can visit the exhibition without an appointment, you just need to ring our doorbell.
Admission to Nihon no hanga is free.

Visiting outside our open weekends

Currently we can only consider visits by individuals with research purposes and groups for guided tours with a minimum of 10 participants (maximum of 25, costs apply). For more information, please contact us via e-mail.
Please contact us at least two weeks before your preferred visiting date. However, please keep in mind we might not be able to accommodate your visit, since we are a private museum operated by a small organisation.

Elise Wessels

Maureen de Vries

Advisory Board:
Annabelle Birnie
Sjraar van Heugten
Jane Turner
Koji Miura

Board of Directors:
Elise Wessels, chairperson
Cees Wessels, member
Jaco Geerlof, member
Willem van Gogh, member
Menno Fitski, member

Keizersgracht 586
1017 EN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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The objective of this non-profit institution is to store, conserve, archive, describe and disclose Japanese art; to financially support Eastern arts and culture; to support Dutch arts and cultural institutions; to support cultural, scientific and/or public benefit organizations; to directly or indirectly provide financial aid to persons who cannot meet their own basic needs.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation, therefore no salaries, income or whatsoever are paid to the board members.
RSIN (Legal Entities & Partnerships Identification Number)/Tax number: 8155.65.094

Outline actual policy:

1. As during previous years since the opening, organising a spring and autumn exhibition in the museum, open to the general public.

2. In 2020 Nihon no hanga will offer loans to museums and institutions in the Netherlands and abroad: Japan museum SieboldHuis in Leiden (Netherlands), Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (United Kingdom) and Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln (Germany) are among the museums that have applied for loans from the collection.

3. Digitizing the collection for an online audience in collaboration with Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (Japan), including a digital exhibition environment.

3. Working towards an exhibition for a Japanese museum.

Our policy (beleidsplan in Dutch) of January 2020 and annual account of 2018, can be found here and here.


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