Japan Modern



This book is a beautifully designed collection of prints picturing 20th century modernization in Japan. Japan Modern has been made for the Rijksmuseum exhibition and contains prints and objects from the Elise Wessels Collection and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

Japan is known as a country with a long tradition of printmaking, which in the twentieth century showed how artists turned old woodcutting techniques into new specific ways of creating contemporary currents in Japanese modern art.

Modern Japan presents in a impressive way the connection between book and exhibition, how modern artists used methods of traditional printmaking and how innovative ideas combined with creative processes embrace the essence of the modern world, city life and industry.

The way you walk through the exhibition is the same way you will feel going through this book.

In a beautiful and metaphoric way, the book cover refers to the old Japanese tradition of using the most popular pastel colours. The shining transparent plastic brings the modern life spirit to life and tells the story of a society in transformation.

The colours and high quality of the presented images on the inside is impressive in combination with the thin paper which again links to the traditions of paper making in Japan. The entire selection of images works great in the presented content.

It’s a big pleasure to go through the story this book tells.

The page design is consistent and the overall impression is spectacular.



  • Auteur
    Marije Jansen
  • Oplage
    3,250
  • Omvang
    264
  • Prijs
    25 euro
  • ISBN
    9789491714870
  • Verschijningsdatum
    June 2016
  • Uitgever / Opdrachtgever
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Ontwerper(s)
    Irma Boom, Amsterdam
  • Fotograaf
    Afdeling Beeld, Rijksmuseum
  • Drukkerij
    LenoirSchuring, Amsterdam. Stofomslag: Mouthaan Grafisch Bedrijf, Papendrecht.
  • Lithograaf
    LenoirSchuring, Amsterdam
  • Boekbinderij
    Van Waarden, Zaandam i.s.m. Voetelink, Haarlem
  • Materiaal
    Interior: Opakal 60 g/m² (Igepa). Cover: Grijsbord + Wibalin Natural 120 g/m² (Winter), transparant kunststof stofomslag Vikunylfolie 0.20.
  • Lettertype
    Rijksmuseum (Bold Monday/Paul van der Laan)
  • Japan Modern

    This book is a beautifully designed collection of prints picturing 20th century modernization in Japan. Japan Modern has been made for the Rijksmuseum exhibition and contains prints and objects from the Elise Wessels Collection and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

    Japan is known as a country with a long tradition of printmaking, which in the twentieth century showed how artists turned old woodcutting techniques into new specific ways of creating contemporary currents in Japanese modern art.

    Modern Japan presents in a impressive way the connection between book and exhibition, how modern artists used methods of traditional printmaking and how innovative ideas combined with creative processes embrace the essence of the modern world, city life and industry.

    The way you walk through the exhibition is the same way you will feel going through this book.

    In a beautiful and metaphoric way, the book cover refers to the old Japanese tradition of using the most popular pastel colours. The shining transparent plastic brings the modern life spirit to life and tells the story of a society in transformation.

    The colours and high quality of the presented images on the inside is impressive in combination with the thin paper which again links to the traditions of paper making in Japan. The entire selection of images works great in the presented content.

    It’s a big pleasure to go through the story this book tells.

    The page design is consistent and the overall impression is spectacular.

  • Auteur
    Marije Jansen
  • Oplage
    3,250
  • Omvang
    264
  • Prijs
    25 euro
  • ISBN
    9789491714870
  • Verschijningsdatum
    June 2016
  • Uitgever / Opdrachtgever
    Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Ontwerper(s)
    Irma Boom, Amsterdam
  • Fotograaf
    Afdeling Beeld, Rijksmuseum
  • Drukkerij
    LenoirSchuring, Amsterdam. Stofomslag: Mouthaan Grafisch Bedrijf, Papendrecht.
  • Lithograaf
    LenoirSchuring, Amsterdam
  • Boekbinderij
    Van Waarden, Zaandam i.s.m. Voetelink, Haarlem
  • Materiaal
    Interior: Opakal 60 g/m² (Igepa). Cover: Grijsbord + Wibalin Natural 120 g/m² (Winter), transparant kunststof stofomslag Vikunylfolie 0.20.
  • Lettertype
    Rijksmuseum (Bold Monday/Paul van der Laan)