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We’re open in May

Elegance & Excellence:
Modern Women of Shin hanga

from 6 May

The subject of women has been linked to Japanese woodblock prints since the 17th century. Bijin (beauties) are a popular theme in 20th century printmaking, and have continuously captivated audiences and collectors worldwide. Elegance & Excellence: Modern Women of Shin hanga, explores the numerous artists in the Nihon no hanga collection that devoted prints to refine the ideal image of Japanese female beauty. This exhibition examines the ‘elegant’ and modern appearance of women in bijin hanga (beauty prints) of the shin hanga (new print) tradition, known for its accomplished and ‘excellent’ technique within Japanese woodblock printmaking

Over seventy iconic prints will be on display by, among others, Ishii Hakutei, Hashiguchi Goyō, Itō Shinsui, Kitano Tsunetomi, Yamakawa Shūhō, Torii Kotondo, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, Hirano Hakuhō, Ishikawa Toraji, Taki Shūhō, and Shimura Tatsumi.


Opening hours

weekends in May

From 6 May the exhibition Elegance & Excellence: Modern Women of Shin hanga will be open to visitors in our museum on the Keizersgracht!

Friday 6 May until Sunday 29 May

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00 hrs

Admission is free and in order of arrival. We do not take reservations.


Catalogue

available from 6 May

The Elegance & Excellence catalogue contains an introductory essay and all prints featured in the exhibition.

€ 12.50

Note: We can only accept international book orders, which will be processed in June.


Audio tour

free with every catalogue purchase

With every catalogue purchase, you can now listen to our audio tour (in Dutch) for free! Due to increased popularity, we will not be offering a guided tour in the museum. Good news is, visitors during the weekend are able to listen to the tour as well! You will receive a link our audio tour so you can listen to it on your own device.

Please do not forget to bring your earbuds or headphones!


New!

card wallets & posters

We have collaborated again with Bekking & Blitz to create a few new products. We have a new card wallet containing ten different beauties from this exhibition. The double cards are without text, perfect for your personal message.

€ 10.00

And by popular demand, we will also be selling three different designs as mini art posters (30 x 40 xm). Come to our museum to see which designs we have chosen!

€ 10.00 each

Note: we are unable to ship these items.


About this exhibition

an ode to beauties

This exhibition was inspired by the recent reprint of  ‘Onnae Kindai bijin hanga zenshū – The female image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties’ originally published in 2002 and revised and released in 2022 in Japan by Abe Publishing as ‘Kindai bijin hangashūPrints of Japanese beauties in the 20th century’. In the original version six prints from our collection were featured. In the 2022 version, sixteen new artists were included. Nine of these new artists were chosen from the holdings of Nihon no hanga: Takehisa Yumeji, Nakazawa Hiromitsu, Ohira Kasen, Taki Shūho, Tachibana Sayume, Shimizu Miezō, Fuse Chōsun, Shimura Tatsumi, and Hirayama Rōkō. In total thirty prints from our collection were used in the revised edition. The original book played an important part in the shaping of our collection. We realised with this renewed publication it was the perfect opportunity to host an ode to the Japanese female figure in our 2022 spring exhibition.


Sōsaku hanga in Leiden

on view until 29 May

The exhibition ‘Sōsaku hanga’ with prints from our collection in Japan Museum SieboldHuis has been extended until 29 May 2022. With more than 150 works from the sōsaku hanga momevement on display, it shows the development of ‘creative prints’ in Japan. For the first time in Europe, an entire exhibition is dedicated to this movement, where the creative autonomy of Japanese print artists was most important.

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Sōsaku hanga in Leiden

Creative prints in Japan Museum SieboldHuis

‘Sōsaku hanga. Creative Prints from Japan’ extended until 29 May 2022

The exhibition ‘Sōsaku hanga’ with prints from our collection in Japan Museum SieboldHuis has been extended until 29 May 2022. With more than 150 works from the sōsaku hanga momevement on display, it shows the development of ‘creative prints’ in Japan. For the first time in Europe, an entire exhibition is dedicated to this movement, where the creative autonomy of Japanese print artists was most important.


Free digital guided tour (in Dutch): Sōsaku hanga – Part I

Tuesday 8 March

Our curator and guest curator of the exhibition, Maureen de Vries, will give a free online guided tour (in Dutch) of ‘Sōsaku hanga’ on Tuesday 8 March. Maureen will talk about the extraordinary prints in the exhibition and the birth of the creative print movement in Japan. Questions can be asked after the tour in the chat. In april a second part of this guided tour will be available.

Activitity: Guided tour: Sōsaku hanga. Creative Prints from Japan – Part 1
By Maureen de Vries
Language: Dutch
Date: Tuesday 8 March 2022, 14.00 – 14.45 hrs
Location: Online
Price: Free


Catalogue ‘Sōsaku hanga’

Available now

For this exhibition, a bilingual (Dutch and English) catalogue on this remarkable art movement was published by Japan Museum SieboldHuis. It includes more than 140 prints from the our collection, and even more prints are on display. The catalogue is now on sale at the museum for only € 29,50 and is available through online booksellers.

Title: Sōsaku hanga
Author : Maureen de Vries
Publisher: Japanmuseum SieboldHuis
ISBN : 9789082711196
Language : Dutch, English
Paperback: 120 pp
Publication date: December 2021
Weight: 450 gr.
Measurements: 215 x 140 x 27 mm
Price: € 29,50


‘Beautiful’ May exhibition

From 6 May: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May

While we will not share the exact title and theme of our upcoming Spring exhibition, we can announce we will be open again in our canal house on the Keizersgracht this May, with a ‘beautiful’ new exhibition!
We will be open from 6 May, on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, between 12.00-17.00 hrs. More information will follow soon!

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We are open in November!

Snow Country: Japanese Winter Landscapes

Our latest exhibition will focus on wintery landscape prints of the 20th century. In Japan snow has been a source of inspiration in art and literature for centuries. Poetic scenes of snowy cityscapes and serene winter beauties have been a well-known part of the Japanese woodblock print tradition but were also a beloved theme in modern shin and sōsaku hanga.

However, living with vast amounts of snow in the remote ‘snow country’, or yukiguni, came with certain challenges. Printmakers from these areas have earnestly depicted daily life in this somewhat concealed part of Japan. When snow country became more accessible with the advent of modern transportation links its representation changed. Seeking out snow leisure became a fashionable pastime for urbanites, including prolific writers and prints artists.

The various aspects of snow surrounding the city, countryside, and its people take centre stage in Snow Country: Japanese Winter Landscapes, with over one hundred works from our collection.


Opening times

NOVEMBER 2021

From Friday 5 November until Sunday 28 November

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 12.00 hrs – 17.00 hrs

Free entrance, ticket only required for guided tour

COVID-GUIDELINES: QR CODE

From Saturday 6 November 2021 a corona entry pass (coronatoegangsbewijs) is required for a museum visit. You need to present a valid QR code upon entry.
Our open days are subject to current covid-guidelines and will be adjusted if necessary. For more information see www.rijksoverheid.nl


Guided tour

We are able to host guided tours again! Every Friday in November there will be two guided tours (in Dutch). As usual, you will need to buy a ticket in advance through Eventbrite.

Fridays: 13.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs

€ 15.00 (pp, incl. catalogue)

Buy tickets via Eventbrite or our Guided tour page.


Catalogue

The Snow Country catalogue contains an introductory essay and all prints featured in the exhibition (B5 format; 96 pages; softcover; glued binding).

€ 12.50

(for sale at our museum from 5 November 2021)


Postcards

We have collaborated with Bekking & Blitz to create a special postcard wallet with prints from Snow Country: Japanese Winter Landscapes. We have selected 10 of our favourite designs and it comes with envelopes. Great for your season’s greetings!

€ 10.00

(only for sale at our museum from 5 November 2021)

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We are open from 11 June – 4 July

Good news! We are able to open our brand-new exhibition: Memories of Shōwa: Impressions of Working Life by Wada Sanzō!

Tickets will be limited and only sold online through our website and Eventbrite page. Get your tickets now!

Opening times

From Friday 11 June until Sunday 4 July 2021

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 12.00 hrs – 17.00 hrs

Tickets are only sold online through Eventbrite.

Tickets will be available in time slots of 10 minutes between 12.00 hrs and 16.30 hrs. You will have 45-50 minutes to visit the exhibition. The museum will close at 17.00 hrs.

Ticket price

Main ticket: € 15.00
(valid for 1 person for one time slot, includes Memories of Shōwa catalogue, RRP €12.50 )

Extra’s

Extra ticket: € 2.50
(for 1 person from the same household as the main ticket holder)

Catalogue: € 12.50
You will be able to order extra catalogues when you purchase your ticket. By pre-ordering your catalogue, we limit contact and improve the flow of visitors at our entrance.

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Coming soon: Memories of Shōwa

Even if we do not know when we will be able to open up to the public, we have been working hard on our next exhibition: Memories of Shōwa: Impressions of Working Life by Wada Sanzō. This exhibition consists of the impressive series ‘Japanese vocations of the Shōwa era in pictures’ by Wada Sanzō (1883-1967) and will feature all three volumes. These prints offer nostalgic and modern images of everyday life in Japan during the late 1930s through to the early 1950s. Together with Wada’s written observations, this exhibition provides a deeply personal account of the continuously changing professions during this complex era of modern Japanese history.

Keep an eye on our website and socials for any updates regarding our future opening times. Unfortunately we are unable to give any dates at this moment, but we hope to welcome you to Nihon no hanga very soon!

UPDATE

We know will have to implement a reservation and ticketing system through Eventbrite to ensure a safe visit for you and our staff. Please see our Tickets page for more detailed information on what to expect when we are able to open our doors again.

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May exhibition cancelled

Unfortunately due to developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our upcoming exhibition in May. We hope to reschedule our exhibition to a later date. Through our newsletter we will inform you of new activities.

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Special display and extra open days cancelled

Unfortunately due to recent developments surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our upcoming events in March. We hope to reschedule ‘Echizen: A New Era of Lacquerware Design’ and the extra open days for ‘Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio’ to a later date. Through this newsletter we will inform you of new activities.

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Echizen lacquerware & Great Tokyo!

In collaboration with the Japanese crafts centre Echizen, Nihon no hanga proudly presents a special display of contemporary lacquerware, Echizen: A New Era of Lacquerware Design, from Wednesday 18 until Sunday 22 March, 12.00 – 17.00 hrs.

Japanese lacquer (urushi) is one of Japan’s oldest crafts. Excavations have revealed lacquered items that are more than 9000 years old. Despite this incredibly long history, little has changed in the way natural lacquerware is produced. Urushi is still 100% handmade, using a natural resin that is tapped from lacquer trees from sustainable plantations. In the battle against plastics, this ancient tradition may actually mark the beginning of a new future for lacquer in the modern world.

Lacquer holds strong ties with Japan’s traditional cuisine (washoku). Its naturally disinfectant surface makes it the ideal material for the production of traditional tableware. However, Japan’s culinary tradition has seen some radical changes over the past decades, making it difficult to fit lacquerware into the daily lives of modern Japanese families. Traditional production centres like Echizen and Wajima are struggling to maintain a balance between preservation and progress. 
Through collaboration with a team of international designers from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Echizen has developed a new series lacquer ware products which are more suitable to a contemporary, urban lifestyle. All items are still 100% handmade, using only natural materials. This event marks Echizen’s first step onto the international stage. Echizen has chosen Amsterdam to promote their new Metropolitan and Modern Classics series of contemporary lacquerware design.

Last chance for Great Tokyo

Due to the great success of our November exhibition, we have decided to give everyone a last chance to visit Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio during the Echizen lacquerware display. The exhibition will be open to visitors on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March, 12.00 – 17.00 hrs.