With a heavy heart I present to you the final exhibition to be held at Nihon no hanga.
In part the exhibition will show the last project we planned with Elise Wessels before her sudden passing. This year marks the hundred-year remembrance of the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923. The disaster was recorded in various ways, from photographs to woodblock print series, magazines to paintings. We will show a unique collection of images in commemoration of this major event.
This exhibition will also be an ode to the extraordinary collector and patron of the arts Elise Wessels. To celebrate and honour our beloved director, a selection of her favourite woodblock prints and objects will be on display.
In Memoriam | 100 Years After the Quake will be presented as a diptych, the final installation of Nihon no hanga.
I would like to thank everyone for supporting this unique private museum, which has become beloved place in the Amsterdam cultural scene in its 14 years of existence and a recognised institution based on the dream of an open hearted and generous visionary.
A special thanks to those who have worked on making Elise’s ambition become a reality, the members of the board, advisory board, current and former colleagues, and our group of truly dedicated volunteers.
In Memoriam is an exhibition where we invite to reflect a recollect memories in a concluding chapter of Nihon no hanga. I hope to personally welcome you to Nihon no hanga one last time during our open weekends in November.
Maureen de Vries
Curator Nihon no hanga
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