Japon Japanismes. MAD Paris
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris highlights the richness of Japan’s contributions to art and design with an exhibition titled “Japon Japonismes, 1867-2018”.
The exhibition takes place as part of the “Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance” program, which showcases the diversity of Japanese culture through nearly 100 venues in Paris and other locations over an 8-month period in celebration of 160 years of diplomatic relations between the Government of Japan and the Government of France.
“Japon Japonismes, 1867-2018” presents the Musée de Arts Décoratifs’ collection of historic Japanese artworks – one of the most important in France – alongside Western Japanized creations.
Works of art have also been loaned by cultural institutions, private collections and artists from Japan, reinforcing the notable level of interest in the exhibition. Artists will include Hokusai, Emile Gallé, René Lalique, Kuramata Shiro, Charlotte Perriand and Tanaka Ikkō.
Furthermore, the works of seven French participants of the “Wonder Lab” exhibition held at the Tokyo National Museum in 2017, counting Jean Girel, Michel Heurtault, Sylvain Le Guen, Laurent Nogues, François-Xavier Richard, Pietro Seminelli and Nelly Saunier will be displayed.
Visitors have the opportunity to admire nearly 1,500 works of art spanning a wide variety of artistic media, including art and design, fashion, graphic arts and photography.
Sou Fujimoto, acclaimed Japanese minimalist architect, well known for his Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 in London and the Musashino Art University Museum and Library in Tokyo, is responsible for the exhibition design, which extends over 2,200 m2 on three floors of the Rohan Wing.
Fujimoto’s design will focus on five themes: Agents of Discovery, Nature, Time, Movement and Innovation.