Leiden - Subtle Beauty in Japan Museum SieboldHuis

Japan Museum SieboldHuis: Rapenburg 9, 2311 GE Leiden

Subtle Beauty in Japan Museum SieboldHuis

Discover rural Japan, its nostalgic farmlands, impressive temples and elegant landscapes in the exhibition ‘Subtle Beauty. Japanese etchings by Tanaka Ryōhei’. This retrospective exhibition features works from private Japanese and European collections. Over 100 etchings reminiscent of rare landscapes by Rembrandt van Rijn will be exhibited from 20 September – 19 January 2020 in Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

In Pursuit of Perfection

Tanaka Ryōhei (1933) believes in pursuing perfection in everything he does. As a graphic artist he has dedicated his life to the artistic interpretation of rural Japan. His detailed etchings in both black and white and colour portray a Japan of farmsteads, temples and landscapes. Inspired by Kyoto and surrounding areas, Tanaka’s works are meticulous depictions of both beauty and decay. Thousands of fine lines form the basis of his prints, with life-like textures that make his etchings almost tangible.

Rembrandt year

The exhibition ‘Subtle Beauty’ has been programmed within the framework of the Rembrandt Year. 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the death of this famous Dutch Master and during this year exhibitions and a host of other activities will be held throughout the Netherlands.
It was around 1640 when Rembrandt began to do etchings of the Amsterdam country side.
350 years later Tanaka Ryōhei sought inspiration in similar locations in Japan’s rural landscape. Both artists share a love for pastoral farms and a preference for the application of textures in their works. It is therefore indeed fitting that the Japanese etchings of Tanaka
Ryōhei are being exhibited here in Leiden, the birthplace of the famous master of etchings – Rembrandt van Rijn.

Catalogue and activities

A richly illustrated catalogue of this exhibition will be on sale in the museum shop. Details on activities lectures and guided tours can be found on our website: www.sieboldhuis.org.

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For further information/photo material please contact Marjolijn Goos goos@sieboldhuis.org at 071-5125539

About Japan Museum SieboldHuis

Located on the famous Rapenburg in Leiden, Japan Museum SieboldHuis exhibits treasures from ancient Japan: prints, lacquerware, ceramics, fossils, dried plants, mounted animals, coins, textiles, maps and hundreds of other rare objects, all of which were collected between 1823 and 1829 by the Bavarian physician Philipp Franz von Siebold.

Opening hours/Admission
Japan Museum SieboldHuis: Rapenburg 9, 2311 GE Leiden
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: €8,50/Museum Card valid/children to 12 years free

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