2017 got off to a flying start for the Cinquantenaire Museum, with its Ukiyo-e exhibition attracting 70,000 visitors. The exhibition showcased the museum’s impressive collections of Japanese prints, which is known for being one of the finest in the world. “Our collection is known worldwide for its beautiful quality. The colours are very well preserved and we have some prints that are unique in the world,” begins museum director Alexandra De Poorter, who has been working at RMAH for more than 30 years. “We don’t have the prints on display all the time, so people don’t often have the chance to see them. We were very proud to be able to show them off, but they cannot be shown for too long to protect them against the light.”