Exhibitions - June 2019

Exhibitions - June 2019


Museum Exhibitions:


From 23 May until 26 August 2019
The British Museum, London, U.K.

Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Nobuyuki Tanaka – Primordial Memories

From 31 March until 30 June 2019
The Museum of Lacquer Art, Münster, Germany

Nobuyuki Tanaka, one of Japan’s most creative artists in the technique of lacquer, combines a millennia-old technology with contemporary form and expression. For his innovative sculptural works Tanaka draws inspiration from natural phenomena and the human body. Some of his pieces evoke the impression of freely floating forms; others appear to be massive and convey an organic impression and skinlike surface. Clearly in reference for the color scheme of traditional lacquer ware, the space-taking, amorphous structures feature either a high-gloss black or red, or a fiery mélange of both colors. For more information, click here.

On the Road to Tokaido

From 10 July until 10 October 2019
Musée Guimet, Paris, France

The recent acquisition of an important album of Tokaido prints that belonged to Victor Segalen (1878-1919), poet, novelist and sinologist, is an opportunity to present this road-series, which include many famous prints, for the first time to the public. For more information, click here.

Gentleman Warrior – Art of the Samurai

From 16 March until 1 December 2019
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, U.S.A.

In popular conception, samurai are often portrayed as those who have martial might, while their engagements in cultural activities are not as well represented. Gentleman Warrior: Art of the Samurai offers a multifaceted view of the samurai culture. More than 20 works from the museum’s collection and two sets of samurai armor on loan will demonstrate the important roles samurai played in the tea ceremony, Noh theater, and Buddhist practices, as well as the art of armor and battles. For more information, click here.

Hands and Earth - Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

From 9 March 2019 until 5 January 2020
Crow Museum, Dallas, U.S.A.

Featuring an in-depth selection of important works by master Japanese ceramic artists of the last eighty years, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see significant examples of avant-garde approaches to clay. For more information, click here.

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

From 2 June until 18 August 2019
East Building, National Gallery of Art, Washington
, U.S.A.

Artworks representing animals—real or imaginary, religious or secular—span the full breadth and splendor of Japanese artistic production. As the first exhibition devoted to the subject, The Life of Animals in Japanese Art covers 17 centuries (from the fifth century to the present day) and a wide variety of media—sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textile, and the woodblock print. For more information, click here.

The Tale of Genji – A Japanese Classic Illuminated

From 5 March until 16 June 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

This will be the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan's most celebrated work of literature, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, and often referred to as the world's first psychological novel, the tale recounts the amorous escapades of the "Shining Prince" Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the history of Japanese literature. Covering the period from the eleventh century to the present, the exhibition will feature more than 120 works, including paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, lacquer wedding set items, a palanquin for the shogun's bride, and popular art such as ukiyo-e prints and modern manga. For more information, click here.

Japanese Nudes

From 15 March until 8 September 2019
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands

This exhibition illustrates the development in Japanese nude photography from the 19th century to the present. The works of over 30 top photographers, including Araki Nobuyoshi, Moriyama Daido, Hosoe Eikoh, Izu Kenro and Honjo Koro reveal their artistic vision of nudity. Foreign influence and changing perceptions in Japanese society on gender, nudity and sexuality are on display in over 120 photographs. For more information, click here.

Women of Japan

From 24 February until 1 September 2019
Museum No Hero, Delden, the Netherlands

A look at Japan through the eyes of five Japanese women, who speak about career, motherhood, sex, spirituality and beauty. Their personal stories are combined with the historical context of the objects on show: photographs, kimono, woodblock prints, jewellery. The result is a fascinating insight into the lives of Japanese women, then and and now. For more information, click here.

Yoshitoshi – Spirit and Spectacle

From 16 April until 18 August 2019
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, U.S.A.

Discover the brilliant colors and spirited lines of Yoshitoshi, the last great master of the traditional Japanese woodblock print. Ever inventive in his art, he responded to Japan’s rapid modernization of the late 1800s with greater expressiveness than seen before. His vivid, dynamic imagery served as inspiration for modern-day manga and anime. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Cool Japan - Worldwide Fascination in Focus

From 28 september 2018 until 1 september 2019
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Japan is known for its ancient traditions, but it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. This exhibition highlights the popularity of contemporary Japan, and places it in a historical context. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Nanga landscape paintings

 Will open on Sunday 14 July.
Further opening hours: Thursday 18 - Sunday 21 July: 14.00 - 18.00 h., and
 Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 July by appointment. 
Oranda Jin at Gallery Jan van Hoof, Vughterweg 58-60, 5211 CM ’s-Hertogenbosch

This year Oranda Jin will again be a summer guest at Gallery Jan van Hoof with an exhibition of Japanese paintings and painters’ pottery from the 18th to the 20th century. For more information, click here.


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