Waves of renewal

Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960
6 October 2018 – 6 January 2019

For most art connoisseurs, Japanese art comes down to 18th-century (Utamaro, Sharaku) and 19th-century art (Hokusai, Hiroshige or Kuniyoshi). In recent years, however, there has been an emergence of works by 20th-century artists such as Komura Settai, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, Onchi Koshiro and Hashigushi Goyo, to name just a few. This special exhibition will unveil the creative endeavors of these artists who witnessed the modernization of Japan during the 20th century, and will be the first exhibition to explore the significance of two artistic currents: Shin hanga, which treats the traditional themes of female portraits and landscapes, as well as the more avant-garde Sosaku hanga, which tackles modern and urban life. As Japan opened up, so did Japanese artists, and they responded to western artistic movements.

  • Itō Shinsui, Blackening the eyebrows, 1928
    Colour woodblock print, 282 × 402 mm
    Collection Elise Wessels – Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam
  • Azechi Umetarō, Rain, from the Nissan calendar, 1957
    Colour woodblock print, 282 × 267 mm
    Collection Elise Wessels – Nihon no hanga, Amsterdam