Heinz Kaempfer Fund

Heinz Kaempfer Fund

The Heinz M. Kaempfer Fund was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote and make accessible the study of the Japanese fine and applied arts through, among other means, the provision of financial support for young scholars.

The Fund was named after Heinz Kaempfer (1904-1986), former secretary and chairman of the Society for Japanese Arts. From the 1950s onwards Kaempfer played a prominent role in the promotion and appreciation of Japanese art in the Netherlands. He was involved in several of the Society’s publications and exhibitions. On his 75th birthday Kaempfer, was honoured with a collection of articles, A Sheaf of Japanese Papers, with contributions by scholars from all over the world.

Heinz Kaempfer

The Heinz Kaempfer Fund was host and organiser of the following conferences:

  • Kunisada Symposium, Leiden 2017
  • Collecting Japanese Art in European Museums, Leiden 2013
  • History and Techniques of Japanese Lacquer art, Amstelveen 2000
     

Heinz Kaempfer Fund International Essay Contests took place in 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2000.

In addition, the Heinz Kaempfer Fund has published the following titles:

  • Jan Dees et al., Graphic designer, collector, curator and scholar of Japanese art, essays in honour of Robert Schaap, Heinz Kaempfer Fund (in association with Society for Japanese Arts), The Hague 2013
  • Else Kress, Meeting once more: inrō and their design drawings, Heinz Kaempfer Fund, Leiden 1999
  • Dieuwke Eijer, Kagamibuta, The Baur Collection/Heinz Kaempfer Fund, Geneva & Leiden 1994
  • C. Ouwehand, Hokusai shūga ichiran, Heinz Kaempfer Fund, Leiden 1991

 

Covers of Graphic designer, collector, curator and scholar of Japanese art, essays in honour of Robert Schaap (2013) and Kagamibuta (1994), and an illustration from Heroes of the grand pacification (2005)

 

The Heinz Kaempfer Fund also sponsored the publication of the book Heroes of the grand pacification – Kuniyoshi’s Taiheiki eiyū den, Amsterdam 2005 by Elena Varshavskaya.

 

 

MEMBERS OF THE Heinz Kaempfer Fund BOARD

The board consists of:

  • Larisa Alwin - Chairman
  • Nadia Keijzer - Secretary
  • Christiaan Kamstra - Treasurer

 

Purpose of the Fund

 The Heinz M. Kaempfer Fund aims to promote the study of the Japanese fine and applied arts, and the publication of research results through the provision of financial support for young scholars.

  • The Fund provides financial support for publication and/or the acquisition of publication permissions for images.
  • The Fund awards grants to young researchers as a contribution towards travel expenses connected to research projects.
  • Grantees will be invited to present the results of their research for publication in Andon, the journal of the Society for Japanese Arts.


Applicants are kindly requested to submit their proposal using the application form below. Please include a brief description of the project and the research method, as well as a timeline and a justification of the requested sum.

Application form

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