Japonisme: a Revolution in Arts and Design

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E. W. Godwin designer England 1833–86 & William Watt, London manufacturer England 1857–c.1887. Sideboard. 1867 designed, c. 1886–87 manufactured. Ebonised wood, brass, gold paint .

Japonisme: a Revolution in Arts and Design

Please join the curatorial team of Amanda Dunsmore, Senior Curator International Decorative Arts and Antiquities, Wayne Crothers, Senior Curator Asian Art and Matthew Martin, Curator, International Decorative Arts and Antiquities, as they guide us through the NGV exhibition Japonisme: Japan and the Birth of Modern Art.

In 1854, after a period of over two hundred years of self-imposed isolation, 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.

This exhibition draws upon works from across the NGV Collection – 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.

RSVP by 12 June 2018 to Anita Archer at vic.taasa@gmail.com. For further information, call Anita on 0402 067 070.


20 June, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am AEST
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