Japan Tattoo

December 18th 2009 until January 31st 2010

Tattoos have been popular all over the world for centuries. In Japan prints are an important source of inspiration for tattoos, from which they have developed into a unique phenomenon. The exhibition brings together a special collection of prints from national and international collections and gives an overview of Japanese tattoo art in the past 200 years. This exhibition was organized under supervision of guest curator professor W.R. van Gulik in collaboration with the Society for Japanese Arts and the SieboldHuis.

Various aspects of Japanese print and tattoo art will be highlighted in lectures, guided tours and a symposium. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

Japan Tattoo events:
Sunday 20 December at 14.00h: How to make a Japanese woodblock print
by Mr. Paul Binnie (in English)

Sunday 27 december at 14.00h: Tattoos in Japanese prints
by Prof. dr. Willem van Gulik, guest curator of the exhibition (in Dutch)

Sunday 3 January at 14.00h: Suikoden: Origin of the Japanese tattoo
by Mrs. Inge Klompmakers (in Dutch)

Sunday 10 January at 14.00h: Japanese tattoo: from politics to yakuza
by Mr Mark Poysden (in Dutch, if needed in English)

Sunday 17 January at 14.00h: Demonstration irezumi
live demonstration and explanantion by Mr. Henk Schiffmacher, famous Dutch tattoo artist (in Dutch and English)

Sunday 24 January at 14.00h: Sympoisum Japan Tattoo
Symposium about the artist, the customer and the consequences. The panel includes Dr. Marja Herfst, dermatologist, Mr Henk schiffmacher, tattoo artist and Prof dr Willem van Gulik, guest curator.

On Saturdays at 11.30h there are free tours of this temporary exhibition. Please notify us in advance of your participation.

For all events: due to limited capacity it is recommended to reserve in advance by sending an email to info@sieboldhuis.org or telephone 071-512 5539.