Exhibitions - March 2019

Exhibitions - March 2019

Museum Exhibitions:

The Tale of Genji – A Japanese Classic Illuminated

From 5 March until 16 June 2019
The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

This will be the first major loan exhibition in North America to focus on the artistic tradition inspired by Japan's most celebrated work of literature, The Tale of Genji. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting in the early eleventh-century imperial court, and often referred to as the world's first psychological novel, the tale recounts the amorous escapades of the "Shining Prince" Genji and introduces some of the most iconic female characters in the history of Japanese literature. Covering the period from the eleventh century to the present, the exhibition will feature more than 120 works, including paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, lacquer wedding set items, a palanquin for the shogun's bride, and popular art such as ukiyo-e prints and modern manga. For more information, click here.

Japanese Nudes

From 15 March until 8 September 2019
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Leiden, the Netherlands

This exhibition illustrates the development in Japanese nude photography from the 19th century to the present. The works of over 30 top photographers, including Araki Nobuyoshi, Moriyama Daido, Hosoe Eikoh, Izu Kenro and Honjo Koro reveal their artistic vision of nudity. Foreign influence and changing perceptions in Japanese society on gender, nudity and sexuality are on display in over 120 photographs. For more information, click here.

Women of Japan

From 24 February until 1 September 2019
Museum No Hero, Delden, the Netherlands.

A look at Japan through the eyes of five Japanese women, who speak about career, motherhood, sex, spirituality and beauty. Their personal stories are combined with the historical context of the objects on show: photographs, kimono, woodblock prints, jewellery. The result is a fascinating insight into the lives of Japanese women, then and and now. 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.

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.

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.

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.



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