On 12 June 2015 at 17:00

Hidden Treasures from the Floating World The Collection of Japanese Prints in the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels

Nathalie Vandeperre

Ukiyo-e prints were among the very first objects the RMAH acquired for its Japanese section, with the purchase of 267 prints at Bing’s in Paris in 1889. The most important acquisition no doubt was Edmond Michotte’s collection in 1905, that counted over 4600 prints.

After the exhibition of the Michotte collection in 1911, the print collection grew but remained hidden in the storages until the 1970’s when it was rediscovered by the American specialists Roger Keyes and Jack Hillier. They identified unique Sharaku prints and found a selection of Harunobu prints in an impeccable state of conservation, among many others.

With the restauration works of the Museum of Japanese Art in 2013, the prints returned to the storages. This lecture will introduce the highlights of the ukiyo-e collection, one of the treasures of the RMAH.



Museum of Art and History, Petit Narthex Conference Room, Brussels


On 12 June 2015 at 17:00

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Nathalie Vandeperre

Nathalie Vandeperre is curator of the Far-Eastern department (China, Japan, Korea) of the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) in Brussels. She heads the Museums of the Far-East (Chinese Pavilion, Japanese Tower and Museum of Japanese Art) and their export art collections. She recently curated two important exhibitions: Utamaro: the twelve hours of the green houses, and other beauties(Museum of Japanese Art, 2012 (she also co-authored the catalogue of the exhibition); and Hokusai: views on Mount Fuji and other landscapes (Museum of Japanese Art, 2013)

Recent publications

« The King’s dream » and « Collecting the Far-East » in Arts of Asia
nr.200, 2012 ; editor of « Hokusai, coup d’oeil sur les deux rives du fleuve Sumida, suivi de Le fleuve Yodo » by M. Forrer , Editions Hazan, 2012 ; and of « Keisai, le maître du dessin abrégé. Tous les albums de style ryakuga » by M.Forrer, Editions Hazan, 2013