Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Holland Mania Manifestation - announcement -


Holland Mania
-Perception of Americans and Japanese of Holland-

De Lakenhal Stedelijk Museum Leiden
16.05.2009. - 30.08.2009.

work by Maki Ueda:
The VOC chief factor visiting a geisha
A geisha visiting the VOC chief factor


Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal presents Holland Mania: American and Japanese perception of Holland presented from May 16 through August 30, 2009. This event comprises a series of historical presentations, installations by contemporary American, Japanese and Dutch artists, performances, symposiums and activities in De Lakenhal, Scheltema and the city of Leiden. This major event marks two theme years in Leiden. The city celebrates 400 years of trade relations with Japan, and the settlement of the Pilgrims in Leiden 400 years ago.

16.05.2009. (Sat.)

14:00 - 14:30
at Molen de Valk
Stedelijk Molenmuseum 'De Valk'
2e Binnenvestgracht 1
2312 BZ Leiden

then moving to the next location...

15:00 - 17:00
De Lakenhal Stedelijk Museum Leiden
Oude Singel 28-32
2312 RA Leiden

[download invitation]

[work by Maki Ueda]
The VOC chief factor visiting a geisha
A geisha visiting the VOC chief factor

(三ヶ津色里直附 月岡雪鼎)

400 years ago Japan started an exclusive trading agreement with the dutch VOC that was based on strict conditions. The Dutch were the only people that had such an agreement and otherwise Japan was a closed country.

For Holland Mania I'm taking the encounter and intercourse of the Japanese and Dutch cultures as subject. I'm illustrating this primarily by using the smell medium. The exhibition is partly based on the historical facts, and partly based on my own imagination.

'Don't bring your wife. We will offer you a geisha.' : was the policy of Japanese Shogunate. The geisha's called Maruyama geisha were functioning as temporary wives for the VOC chief factors. Therefor they were the closest Japanese to the VOC chief factors.

Focusing on, and zooming into their cultural encounter, I've created two environments:

- The VOC chief factor visiting a geisha (room 4)
- A geisha visiting the VOC chief factor (room 24)

The visitors are invited to freely sniff around, touch and explore the rooms. The usual 'please don't touch' restriction is not applicable to this work. You're asked to imagine that you're the geisha that's visiting the opperhoofd or visa versa.

During the exhibition there are some weekends in which a geisha lives 'live' in her room.

[Geisha costume play schedule]

  • sat.16 14:00-16:30 Misae みさ枝  (related event: opening)
  • sun.17 13:30-16:30 Hanayoshi 花美
  • sat.30 13:30-16:30 Haruka 花夏

  • sat.4 20:30-23:00 Fuhrori 風路里 (related event: Leiden Museum night)
  • sun.5 13:30-16:30 Misae みさ枝 (related event: Leiden Museum night)

[download flyer for related events]

The Holland Mania: American and Japanese images of Holland
book, published by d’Jonge Hond, is available in the museum store from May 16 at
€ 22,50.

[text for catalogue (written in NL)]

[making process]

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