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Shin hanga

14.10.22 15.01.23

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Shin hanga - The new prints of Japan (1900-1960)

The Shin hanga exhibition (14/10/2022 – 15/01/2023) will feature no less than 220 Japanese prints from two private collections in the Netherlands, as well as sketches, studies and prints from the collection of the grandson of the publisher Watanabe. Next to these works, the visitors will find a selection of Shin hanga prints from the rich collection of the Art & History Museum.

The Shin hanga (literally « new prints ») art movement was a revival of traditional printmaking (ukiyo‑e) in the early 20th century. The publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962), noting the decline in xylographic production due to competition from new imported techniques such as photography and lithography, was the movement's greatest promoter. He gathered around him artists whose drawings were printed using traditional woodblock printing techniques.

While retaining classic themes such as landscapes, beautiful women (bijin), kabuki actors and flowers-and-birds, Shin hanga prints also reflect a modernizing Japan and seduce with a new aesthetic and an extremely high production quality.

Artists: Kawase Hasui, Itō Shinsui, Ohara Koson, Kasamatsu Shirō, Komura Settai, …

This exhibition is a logical follow-up to the major Ukiyo-e exhibition held at the Museum in 2016‑2017. It takes up the history of traditional printmaking in Japan where the 2016 exhibition ended.

For the exhibition, the museum cooperates with guest curator Chris Uhlenbeck. The exhibition will also be shown in the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst in Cologne and in the Sieboldhuis in Leiden, albeit in a slimmed-down form in the latter location.

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Morning Hair

The mosquito net in the background tells us that the woman is still waking up after a hot summer night. Asanegami, or “morning hair” is a poetic word used in tales and verses since at least the eighth century. It evokes the image of a woman lying in her bed and thinking of her lover. The prints published by Ikeda were of the highest quality. To guarantee his customers that his prints were truly from a limited edition, Ikeda ordered his carvers to damage the keyblock after the 100th impression. His clientele would receive a monochrome print of the gouged block as proof. It is said that the...

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poster exhibition Shin hanga
Morning Hair, Torii Kotondo, 1931

Mount Fuji Seen from Lake Shōji

Japanese print Mount Fuji Seen from Lake Shōji

Charles William Bartlett, Mount Fuji Seen from Lake Shōji, 1916 © S. Watanabe Color Print Co.

Woman Holding a Black Cat

Japanese print Woman Holding a Black Cat

Friedrich (Fritz) Capelari, Woman Holding a Black Cat, 1915 © S. Watanabe Color Print Co.

Woman Combing her Hair

Japanese print Woman Combing her Hair

Hashiguchi Goyō, Woman Combing her Hair, March 1920 © Private collection, the Netherlands

Egret in Rain

Japanese print Egret in Rain

Ohara Koson (Shōson), Egret in Rain, 1928, © RMAH

Crows in Moonlight

Japanese print Crows in Moonlight

Ohara Koson (Shōson), Crows in Moonlight, 1927, © S. Watanabe Color Print Co.

Kataoka Nizaemon XI

Japanese print Kabuki

Natori Shunsen, Kataoka Nizaemon XI dans le rôle de Honzō à l’acte IX [de la pièce Kanadehon Chūshingura], 1926, © Collection Scholten

Spring Night, Ginza

Japanese print Spring Night, Ginza

Kasamatsu Shirō, Spring Night, Ginza, april 1934, © RMAH

Entrance fees
€ 16: adults (19-64 years)
€ 12: 65 +, card Fed+, Attractions et Tourisme, Riebedebie
€ 6: Students with valid student card; People with disabilities and escort; Job seekers and integration income beneficiaries; Belgian school teachers; guides of the City of Brussels
Free: 0-18 years; journalists on presentation of a valid press pass
museumPASSmusées: +€5