Exhibitions - January 2019

Exhibitions - January 2019

Museum Exhibitions:

Treasures from Kyoto – 300 years of Rinpa creation

From 26 October 2018 until 27 January 2019
Musée Cernuschi, Paris, France

This exhibition will focus on Rinpa School masterpieces created in Kyoto and includes a National Treasure and Important Cultural Properties. These pieces are rarely exhibited to the public even in Japan. Painting is central to the Rinpa School, but calligraphy, ceramics, and lacquerware are presented along with the paintings to relay the comprehensive nature of this school that encapsulates the essence of Japanese art, and to demonstrate how its stylized beauty and fresh design sensibilities became integrated into everyday life and remain relevant today. For more information, click here.

Japon – Japonismes. Objets inspires, 1867-2018

From 15 November 2018 until 3 March 2019
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

The exhibition will display works from the Japanese art collection of Musée des Arts décoratif, crafts from Japan, and works by contemporary artists, artisans and designers to provide a cross-sectional introduction to crafts, design and fashion from the second half of the 19th century to the present. For more information, click here.


From 16 January until 16 March 2019
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, Paris, France

Tsuguharu Foujita shone and then completed his oeuvre in Paris. This show focuses on works from periods that are less-known in France—including his journey from Latin America to Asia, Japan, and his wartime experiences. For more information, click here.

Woodblock Prints from Postwar Japan

From 18 November 2018 until 5 May 2019
The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, U.S.A.

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Japan’s print artists found new patrons among members of the Allied occupation. Exchange programs aimed at rehabilitating the war-torn nation enabled Japanese artists to travel abroad to teach and study, and newly established exhibitions introduced their work to audiences all over the world. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. For more information, click here.

Kimono Refashioned – 1870s-Now!

From 13 October 2018 until 6 January 2019
Newark Museum, New York, U.S.A.
Featuring a diverse range of fashions, this exhibition showcases more than 40 extraordinary garments created by more than 30 Japanese, European and American designers from the world-renowned collections of the Kyoto Costume Institute and the Newark Museum. Follow the fascinating storyline of Japanese inspiration, influence and active engagement with global fashion from the 1870s to present day. The exhibition highlights not only spectacular couture gowns, innovative men’s wear, shoes with a sense of humor and ready-to-wear that tells a story, but also significant paintings, prints and textiles that reflect and resonate with these style trends. For more information, click here.

Fascination Japan – Monet, Van Gogh, Klimt

From 10 November 2018 until 20 January 2019
Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria
The 2018 autumn exhibition in the Kunstforum is devoted to “Japomanie” – the West’s passion for the aesthetics and world of images of the Far East. The exhibition traces its development, starting with the fascination for the exotic and the new and the first stirrings in the 1860s to long after the turn of the century, to its amalgamation into the form vocabulary of Western painting and the influence of its aesthetics on the development of modernism around 1900. For more information, click here.

Kachô-ga – The Poetry of Japanese Nature

From 7 December 2018 until 3 March 2019
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands
Japanese art has a rich tradition in the depiction of flora and fauna. Until the 17th century powerful and myth-like creatures such as dragons, phoenixes, lion dogs, birds of prey and tigers were portrayed as aggressive. This changed however when the influence of the samurai subsided and urban culture began to develop. Rich merchants sought refinement and a sympathetic style and in the artistic rendition of nature docile animals in subtle well-balanced compositions emerged. Flowers and birds became popular subjects, not only for their esthetic beauty but for their symbolic significance as well. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Yoshitoshi – Spirit and Spectacle

From 16 April until 18 August 2019
Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Discover the brilliant colors and spirited lines of Yoshitoshi, the last great master of the traditional Japanese woodblock print. Ever inventive in his art, he responded to Japan’s rapid modernization of the late 1800s with greater expressiveness than seen before. His vivid, dynamic imagery served as inspiration for modern-day manga and anime. For more information about this exhibition, click here.


From 23 May until 26 August 2019
The British Museum, London, U.K.
Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Prochainment – Meiji, Splendeurs du Japon impérial

From 17 October 2018 until 14 January 2019
Musée Guimet, Paris, France
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, this exhibition sheds light on the many upheavals of the Meiji era (1868-1912) - a time of revolutionary developments both for Japan and for the rest of the world. The exhibition explores various aspects of Japan's modernisation and the internationalisation of artistic production by looking at different techniques. In order to make us aware of the many changes in Japanese art and society, it presents jewellery, cloisonnés, photographs, textiles, paintings, bronzes, and ceramics. Among the artists featured, we find great names such as Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Nara – Trésors du Bouddhisme Japonais

From 23 January until 18 March 2019
Musée Guimet, Paris, France

This exhibition will showcase a standing wooden Jizo Bosatsu statue(Important Cultural Property) and standing wooden statues of Kongo Rikishi (A-gyo and Un-gyo) (National Treasures) from a collection that has been protected and passed down by Kofukuji Temple. Usually only available to those who visit the temple in Nara, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to experience the beauty, power and spirituality of the Buddhist statues, elevating the appeal of the ancient city which became the foundation of Japanese culture as the terminal point of the Silk Road. For more information, click here.

Three Masters of Abstraction - Hagiwara Hideo, Ida Shōichi, and Takahashi Rikio

From 3 November 2018 until 24 March 2019
Portland Art Museum, Portland, U.S.A.

This exhibition presents nearly fifty prints by three Japanese artists who rose to international prominence in the decades following World War II. All of them embraced abstraction, that most quintessential of Western modernisms, as a means for expressing fundamentally Japanese themes. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art - Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles

From 13 October 2018 until 13 January 2019
Portland Art Museum, Portland, U.S.A.
Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover, and a means to express shared heritage and values. The more than one hundred works in this exhibition illuminate how poetry—in both Japanese and Chinese—has taken visual form in Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present

From 16 September 2018 until 3 February 2019
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Ancient and modern are spectacularly combined in the exhibition Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present at De Nieuwe Kerk. Admire a wealth of thousands of years old objects and contemporary art from artists including Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. The earliest object dates from the third century A.D. and the most recent from 2018, since some of the installations are being created especially for this exhibition. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Under the Spell of Japan

From 20 October 2018 until 19 May 2019
Museum Louis Couperus, Den Haag, the Netherlands

The exhibition is centered around four themes: nature, The Yoshiwara, or the Red Light District of old Tokyo, Fate and Japanese myths and legends. A separate section is reserved for the Japanese tea ceremony, a core motif of Couperus' story 'The Aestheet.' On the walls you can admire the relevant prints, in addition to the texts of Couperus himself. For more information, click here

Love Affairs - The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art

Part 1: From 18 August until 25 November 2018
Part 2: From 1 December 2018 until 10 March 2019
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, U.S.A

The Tale of Genji is celebrated as Japan’s greatest literary work. Written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court, the tale traces the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji.” Rich in poetry and offering an intimate look at the court, it has inspired countless Japanese artists over the centuries, and illustrations of or allusions to the tale appear on everything from paintings, prints, and decorative artworks to clothing and manga (comic books). This exhibition will focus on Genji-related art created over the past 500 years. Shown in two parts. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Cool Japan - Worldwide Fascination in Focus

From 28 september 2018 until 1 september 2019
Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Japan is known for its ancient traditions, but it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. This exhibition highlights the popularity of contemporary Japan, and places it in a historical context. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

The Poetry of Nature - Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection

From 27 February until 21 January 2019
Galleries 225-232, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Painting blossomed in Japan during the Edo period (1615–1868) as artists daringly experimented with conventional styles. In this exhibition, more than 40 examples of Edo-period paintings from the collection of Estelle P. Bender and her late husband T. Richard Fishbein—mostly gifts and promised gifts to The Met—help trace the development of the major schools and movements of this fascinating era. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris

From 25 January 2018 until 6 January 2019
Gallery 380, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Presenting a wide array of samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, this exhibition celebrates the promised gift of thirty-seven objects from the collection of Etsuko and John Morris, as well as other important gifts made by Mr. and Mrs. Morris to The Met's Department of Arms and Armor over the past seventeen years. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

The Five Elements - Gogyô

From 18 January until 27 January 2019
Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York, U.S.A.
The exhibition, “The Five Elements-- Gogyô/ Five Japanese Masters of the Art of Clay” features the work of FUTAMURA Yoshimi (b.1959), KAKUREZAKI Ryūichi (b. 1950), KANETA Masanao (b.1953), KONDŌ Takahiro (b.1958), and YOSHIKAWA Masamichi (b.1946). These internationally known ceramists offer the American public a rare look into the world of contemporary Japanese clay drawn from the aesthetics of ancient Asia, refined and reworked in a thoroughly modern context. These five celebrated Japanese ceramic artists have agreed to create new works specifically designed for this remarkable show. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

The Beauty of Japanese Bamboo Art – Old and Contemporary

From 6 December 2018 until 26 January 2019
Mingei Arts Gallery, Paris, France
Bamboo forests are intimately linked to the Japanese landscape, and crafting items from bamboo is one of the oldest technical skills developed in Japan. Since the 8th century, finely made bamboo baskets have been used in Buddhist ceremonies and later in the Japanese tea ceremony. Master-apprentice lineages that enabled the knowledge required to create them to be passed down through the ages were established early on.

During the twentieth century, individual kagoshi (basket makers) reinterpreted these traditions to create imaginative forms and vases for the ikebana, the art of flower arrangements. Now, in the twenty-first century, a new generation of artists, from diverse backgrounds, are creating an amazing variety of artworks that can be appreciated as contemporary sculptural forms. For more information about this exhibition, click here.



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