The SJA and the Royal Asian Art Society (RAAS) invite their members to a special afternoon devoted to two major donations to the Rijksmuseum.
Marije Jansen, curator of Japanese prints in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, will give a lecture about the twentieth-century woodblock prints donated to the Rijksmuseum by Elise Wessels. Last year, the Rijksmuseum received the largest donation of Japanese prints in its history. The more than 1100 prints from the first half of the 20th century were collected by Elise Wessels and donated through her foundation Für Elise. More than 60 of the donated prints are on display in the Rijksmuseum’s Asian Pavilion from 12 October 2022 to 16 April 2023.Rijksmuseum curator Marije Jansen explains this afternoon how this special collection fits into the tradition of Japanese prints in general, what the donation consists of and what is special about it. Finally, she explains the selection from the donation that can be admired in the Asian pavilion until 16 April.
Chinese folding fans
Ching-ling Wang, curator of Chinese art, Rijksmuseum will contribute to the second part of the programme with lectures about a donation of 100 modern Chinese painted fans. The Rijksmuseum has received a large donation from a Taiwanese painter who has painted 100 folding fans in 'all' known styles of Chinese painting. This is an interesting acquisition for a museum (which has no capacity to collect 'all Chinese painting styles') and, therefore, extremely useful. Painted fans are a defining symbol of East Asian culture in Europe, with subjects ranging from landscapes to flowers and mountains to birds. This unique style of fan had a high status in cultural circles during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The Taiwanese artist Chiang Yi-Tsai (1973) is one of the painters keeping this art form alive. Some of his artworks are on display in the Asian Pavilion until April 16. From April 19 on, there will be a new display with the other half of the fans, on display until October 15. The Taiwanese artist Chiang Yi-Tsai (1973) is one of the painters who keep this art form alive. Some of his artworks can be seen in the Asian Pavilion until April 16. From April 18 there will be a new arrangement with the other half of the fans, on view until October 15.
- 14.15 Doors open
- 14.30 Welcome and introduction by Jan van Campen, Rijksmuseum curator.
- Lecture by Marije Jansen, curator of Japanese prints at the Rijksmuseum, entitled: The special collection of Japanese prints by Elise Wessels.
- Lecture by Ching-ling Wang, curator China Rijksmuseum, entitled: Elegant Article in Sleeve: Jiang Yi-Tsai's Painting and Calligraphy on Folding Fans.
- Short presentation by Jiang Yi-Tsai.
Register with the secretary.