Japonisme

Japonisme

JAPONISME
JAPAN AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN ART

FREE ENTRY
NGV INTERNATIONAL
LEVEL 1, ASIAN ART TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
JUN - OCT 2018
OPEN 10AM-5PM DAILY

In 1854, after a period of self-imposed isolation during the latter part of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, Japan was forced by the United States to open its borders to international trade. The resulting influx of Japanese artworks into Europe and America, including woodblock prints, ceramics, lacquer and textiles, triggered a veritable revolution in the arts and design.

Progressive artists across Europe adopted elements of the visual language of Japanese art in order to forge a new European art aesthetic in a phenomenon known as Japonisme. At first, practitioners of Japonisme copied exotic motifs and the surface effects of novel materials like lacquer in a literal fashion.

But gradually Western artists began to engage more deeply with Japanese art, adopting innovative compositional devices, exploring new subject matter and embracing Japanese art's profound respect for the decorative arts. Japonisme had an indelible impact on Western art, shaping the Fauvist art movement on the continent and the Aesthetic Movement in England, and the works created during this period would lay the foundations of modernism.

This exhibition will draw upon works from across the NGVs collections - including decorative arts, works on paper, paintings, fashion and textiles, photography and Japanese art - to explore the impact of Japanese art and design upon the arts in the West in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


When & Where


Dates:  - 
Times: 10AM-5PM

Venue | Location


 NGV International show

180 St Kilda Road,  Southbank Victoria 3000 | Map
Event: | Venue: +61 3 8620 2222

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