Book ‘exformation – Japanese Dutch encounters’


In ‘exformation’, Dutch artists, Hannie van den Bergh and Jan van den Berg offer us a colourful, polyphonic collection of photos and stories representing their trips to Japan and their encounters with the Japanese people. While in Japan during the years between 2004 and 2020, they created a variety of artworks relating in one way or another to ‘imaging’: the ideas, impressions and mental images people form of themselves and others – in this case, as a result of their ‘intercultural dialogue’, the Dutch and the Japanese. But ‘exformation’ is essentially the record of a series of encounters between artists from the opposite ends of the Earth. From our clumsy attempts at relating to one another to building castles in the sky with each other during the mutual enjoyment of a glass of good sake. And of course, to working together on the ensuing artworks.


Trilingual: Dutch, Japanese, English

Text and color sections alternating, special folding

Dimensions 24 x 17 cm 260 pages, sewn binding, dust jacket

1st edition

ISBN: 9789082215380

© 2021 Studio HB / Hannie van den Bergh and Jan van den Berg

Book release date January 2021


Special price till April 1st, 2021, 34,50 euro (excluding postage) 

After this date, regular book price 39,50 euro




Concept: Hannie van den Bergh en Jan van den Berg

Text: Jan van den Berg

Design: Hannie van den Bergh

Photography: Hannie van den Bergh

Additional photography: Roos Trommelen (cover, 25-26, 35-36, 49-50, 52, 58, 59-60, 73-74, 152, 178-179, 206-207), Hugh Davies (101-104, 109-110), Sander Snoep (157-160), Elvira Lantenhammer (235, 238-239)

Japanese translations: Karin Kuwahara

English translations: Dawn Mastin

Text correction: Marie Antoinette Sondeijker


Printing: RaddraaierSSP

Binding: Patist

Publisher: Studio HB



This book came about with financial support from the Shared Cultural Heritage programme of DutchCulture. With special thanks to Bas Valckx and Miho Nishimoto of the Netherlands Embassy in Tokyo and to the board of the Berg & Van Dalen Foundation: Renée Pompen, Nishiko en Maria van den Broek.