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Exhibition: The new prints from Japan

From 17 June to 11 September 2022, Japan Museum SieboldHuis will exhibit the new prints of Japan in ‘Shin hanga’. This exhibition presents an impressive overview of 20th century print art with top pieces from private collections. Shin hanga (new prints) can be seen as the ‘re-discovery’ of traditional print art, but in a new form. Over one hundred and thirty works in this exhibition are characterized by technical perfection and exceptional quality.

Japan has been producing woodblock prints since the 17th century. The visual beauty together with the extraordinarily high quality of these prints is a result of a fruitful partnership between artist, publisher, carver and printer. The shin hanga artists and publishers were mindful of the rich past of Japan’s print art and developed their prints with respect for this tradition.

Charming landscapes, breath taking beauties, modern-day Japanese women, characteristic Kabuki actors and meticulously detailed birds and flowers will be exhibited. This exhibition will feature the works of the most prominent shin hanga artists notably Kawase Hasui, Takahashi Shotei, Torii Kotondo, Hashiguchi Goyō, Itō Shinsui and Ohara Koson.

The traveling exhibition ‘Shin hanga. New prints from Japan is a collaboration between the museum for East Asian Art in Cologne and the Royal Museum for Art and History (KMKG) in Brussels.

Location: Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis, Rapenburg 19, 2311 GE Leiden
When: 17th of June to 11th of September 2022