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Elegance & Excellence:
Modern Women of Shin hanga

27-28-29 MAY

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the last open weekend for Elegance & Excellence: Modern Women of Shin hanga. Don’t miss this ‘beautiful’ exhibition!

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

27-28-29 MAY

The exhibition Elegance & Excellence: Modern Women of Shin hanga is open to visitors in our museum on the Keizersgracht!

Friday 27 May until Sunday 29 May

12.00 – 17.00 hrs

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


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!


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

After a delay in delivery we our mini art posters (30 x 40 cm) have finally arrived! These fit in a standard frame. We printed a limited number of these, so they’ll go fast!

€ 10.00 each or three for € 25.00

Note: we are unable to ship these items.

Sōsaku hanga in Leiden

on view until 29 May

The exhibition ‘Sōsaku hanga’ with prints from our collection in Japan Museum SieboldHuis will also be on display until Sunday 29 May 2022. With more than 150 works from the sōsaku hanga movement 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.