Fascination with all things Japanese

Using historic highlights from its world-famous Japan collection, the Tropenmuseum shows how such contemporary icons are predicated on a long and venerable tradition. Modern illustrators and old masters display striking similarities. Cool Japan shows how age-old techniques and visual tricks in historical prints, woodcuts and paintings are still deployed by modern mangaka (illustrators) and animators. Eye-catching centrepiece is the four-metre-high painting Uki-Uki by Matsuura Hiroyuki, whose combination of traditional and contemporary elements perfectly encapsulates the exhibition’s central theme.