From November 2023 to Januari 2025, we travel around with a mobile exhibition ‘Weg van de Japanse houtsnede’ on Japanese woodcut throughout several Flemish cities. The exhibition consists of 3 parts:

  1. the exhibition itself
  2. accompanying publication
  3. a live demonstration at the exhibition venue

In the exhibition, we provide both a brief historical overview and a visual insight into the different steps of the printing process of a Japanese woodcut by means of working materials, wood plates, prints and a documentary film.

Picture of kamishibai bicycle in Antwerp railway station

The exhibition concept is based on the idea of a kamishibai: a mobile Japanese theatre. All exhibition components are collected in a specially tailored cabinet (by Atelier OH and Goshia Olchowska) that can be moved from one location to another by bicycle. This cabinet can also house all materials such as paper, wood blocks, paint, etc. that we will need to give a demonstration of mokuhanga on the opening night of the exhibition. It will also be equipped with a small tablet so that visitors who could not be present at the opening can still get an insight into each step of the printing process via a documentary film.

Besides the historical and educational aspect of the exhibition, the second part, the accompanying publication, will introduce visitors to the fascinating and diverse world of contemporary mokuhanga through the works of artists from all over the world who each work with this special medium in their own unique way.

We launched an Open Call and this brought us entries from all over the world! The selected works are published in a small catalogue, the Publication Mokublad. Click here for a free download.

The publication will be distributed in all Flemish museums and cultural centres. All this was made possible with the support of Focus Vakmanschap.

The MOKUBLAD is a kind of newspaper, created in collaboration with TUIG. We specifically choose this format because it allows us to reach a wide audience and make a reference to the original, approachable and commercial character of Japanese woodcut.

The exhibition will be shown in 6 cities in Flanders:

Location Expo start Expo end Demonstration
Ghent, de Krook 01/02/2024 09/03/2024 23-02-2024, 16:45
Bruges, de Biekorf 13/03/2024 08/04/2024 13-03-2024, 17:00
Genk, Bokrijk 09/04/2024 26/09/2024  
Antwerp, Plantin-Moretus 28/09/2024 28/10/2024  
Brussels, KMKG 29/10/2024 05/01/2025 09-11-2024

Picture of kamishibai bicycle in Antwerp railway station