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Exhibitions

National

Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh & Japan, Until 24-06-2018

Major international exhibition on the influence of Japanese art on the work of Vincent van Gogh.

The show, which comprises around 60 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh and a rich selection of Japanese prints, highlights the painter’s all-embracing admiration for this art and how fundamentally his work changed in response to it. Exceptional loans from museums and private collections from all over the world are brought to Amsterdam, including a Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889 (The Courtauld Gallery, London). Van Gogh’s discovery of Japanese printmaking proved decisive to the direction he would take as an artist. He fell under the spell of the ukiyo-e – 19th-century Japanese color woodcuts – during his time in Paris (1886–88), and began to collect these prints on a large scale.

Leiden, Museum Volkenkunde

Diamanten Bergen van Korea, Until 21-01-2019

Small exhibition on the Diamond Mountains in South-Korea.

Because of the fantastic rock formations, waterfalls and ancient temples, the Diamond Mountains on the east coast of Korea are known as one of the most beautiful places on the Korean peninsula. As a result, it has long been a popular subject for poets and painters and a popular travel destination. The history and importance attached to the mountains go very far back in time. Buddhist temples were established in the area as early as the sixth century. And there is also the origin of the name: it refers first to the unbreakable hardness of Buddhist truth. Confucianists and Korean shamans also made Diamonds Bergen a meaningful and beloved place.

Leiden, Museum Volkenkunde

Mentawai uit Indonesië – schatten uit het depot, Until 28-05-2018

Exhibition of a selection of art and utils used by Mentawaiers. Thanks to the recent donation of Mentawai specialist and former professor of anthropology at the University of Leiden, Reimar Schefold, Museum Volkenkunde has a special collection of art and utensils from the Mentawaiers in Indonesia. For centuries the Mentawaiers have lived in the island of the same name that lies about a hundred kilometers off the coast of West Sumatra. In the seventeenth century, VOC shipmasters reported the population of the islands for the first time. The religious ideas of the Mentawaiians, ancient and still topical, are decisive for their thinking and doing. They color the thinking and life of the islanders and the material culture is also aware of this.

 

Leiden, Siebold House

Masked Warriors. Battle Stage of the Samurai , Until 28-05-2018

Exhibition about the battle stage of the Samurai. Among the highlights on show are the

Nō-masks and the masks of the famous Japanese samurai warriors. Artifacts from international and private collections, including swords, screens, kimonos, helmets and bows, illustrate the beauty and power of Nō-theatre and the samurai culture. Feared on the battlefield, the fascinating samurai of ancient Japan were also patrons of the arts and learning, and led a refined and cultured life. The samurai practiced various forms of artistic expression, such as calligraphy, ikebana, painting, and the tea ceremony. The passion with which the warlords studied, observed and even practiced Nō-drama was extraordinary. Their love of the fine arts spilled over onto the battle field. The impressive armor not only protected the samurai in battle, it was a reflection of his personality and status. The masks, helmets, cuirasses and swords were made by the very best craftsmen, using precious metals, beautiful lacquer ware and costly fabrics.

International

Belgium, Brussels, “Cultures” – the world arts fair; Asian Art In Brussels (AAB) & BRUNEAF” (Brussels Non European Art Fair, 2018, 06-06-2018-10-06-2018

This year’s edition of the annual Asian Art Fair. For several years now, the three organizations, AAB, BAAF and BRUNEAF, have instituted a dynamic synergy in relation to the June events to ensure their wide international recognition. Strictly speaking, there are in fact now three fairs under the umbrella name CULTURES, taking place in about 100 local galleries. Next to BAAF, there is also the “Asian Art in Brussels” (AAB) and the established “BRUNEAF” (Brussels Non European Art Fair).

France, Nice, Musée des Arts Asiatiques

Statuary and sacred sites of Japan, Until 28-05-2018

Exhibition in two parts about more than ten years, through 47 Japanese prefectures. The first part is dedicated to the influence of man on the landscape, including the symbols of Shinto religion. The second part is devoted to the statuary of the Buddhist pantheon. Among the highlights are some photographs of statues hidden from the general public.

France, Paris, Musée national des arts Asiatiques Guimet

Daimyo – Lords of the war in Japan, Until 14-05-2018

Display of an exceptional set of armor and attributes of daimyo, powerful rulers who reigned in Japan between the twelfth and nineteenth century, brought together by the National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet and the Palais de Tokyo. On show are thirty-three armor as well as sumptuous ornaments associated with the imaginary Japanese warrior: helmets, weapons, and textiles. The class of Daimyos plays an essential role in Japanese history in the second half of the feudal period (from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century). Armor and ornaments – many of which presented for the first time – plunge us into the fascination of a historical military fresco, playing the finery of power and the notoriety of the great feudatories of Japan.

France, Paris, Musée national des arts Asiatiques Guimet

The world seen from Asia, 16-05-2018-03-09-2018

First cartographic exhibition that telling the story of the world, fully embracing the Asian point of view. The masterpieces, famous or unpublished, testify to the richness of the different traditions (China, Japan, Korea, India, Vietnam, etc.) and the fruitful exchanges between the different Asian regions, as well as between Asia and France. rest of the world. These maps and iconographic representations (paintings, engravings, manuscripts or objects), often relegated to the status of exotic documents, appear here as true works of art and precious historical sources, which shed light on the decisive role of Asia in the process. of globalization from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. They reveal cosmographic constructions, pilgrimage routes, discovery itineraries, imperial gestures, urban projects, and colonial expansions, all cultural phenomena and social practices that contribute to the invention of Asia. yesterday as today, is at the center of the world.

France, Paris, Musée national des arts Asiatiques Guimet

Asian characters, Treasures from the library, Until 28-05-2018

Exhibition reveiling the treasures of the library’s heritage fund and its evolution since the creation of this collection in the 19th century. Presented in the very heart of the historic site of the original collection by Émile Guimet, the selected ancient works from the reserves introduce us to writings on Asia in the Western eyes of the nineteenth century. They also allow to approach the diversity of the supports and the formats of the written production in Asia: xylography on paper, oblong format of the palm leaves present in India and South – East Asia, engraved handwritten text, hybrid forms in Tibet.

France, Paris, Jardin des Tuileries – Esplanade des Feuillants 

Pavillon des Arts et du Design 2018 (PAD), 04-04-2018 –08-04-2018

This year’s edition of the annual arts and antique fair, aiming to create a dialogue between modern art, historical and contemporary design and jewelry. The engaging aspect of the PAD fair is its invitation to enter a personal collection, conceived by a selection of local and international art dealers – all of whom are leaders in their fields, eager to address each passionate collector in a unique manner.  PAD, pioneering events for Art and Design aficionados and collectors, has been reinventing the Cabinet d’Amateur and a notion of eclecticism for the past 19 years, anticipating the esthetic aspirations of its time.

Germany, Berlin, Kunstgewerbe Museum

Vis à Vis: Asia Meets Europe, Until  30-04-2019

The Museum für Asiatische Kunst closed its doors in Dahlem in early January 2017 to prepare for reinstallation in the Humboldt Forum. This provides an opportunity to display a selection of its collections interspersed with the permanent exhibitions at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Works from both museums will be displayed in stages, placed in associative dialogue with each other within the framework of five thematic discourses providing insights into a transfer of materials, techniques, forms, and motifs that took place over the course of multiple centuries. The exhibitions will be installed and opened to the public successively beginning in November 2017, and are expected to be completed by April 2019.

Germany, Berlin, Pergamonmuseum

Copy and Mastery, Until 15-04-2018

Exhibition dedicated to the art of imitation. On show is a selection of miniature paintings and calligraphies, created under the rule of the Islamic Mughal Emperors (1526-1858) in India.
The show illustrates the broad spectrum of copying, ranging from the duplication of famous role models to their deliberate modification.

Germany, Cologne, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

The printed Image, The flowering of Japan’s woodblock-print culture, Until 01-07-2018

Major exhibition of a selection of Japanese color woodcuts from the collection of the museum of East Asian Art. The Japanese color woodcut still belongs to the art genres of East Asia, which are popular in Europe thanks to Japaneseism and are therefore still being collected and traded. After more than 100 years, the Museum of East Asian Art has traversed its woodcut depot and for the first time show its collection of Japanese color woodcuts and books. The result is a selection of the most unusual and precious pieces presented in a large special exhibition.In addition to the primitive, hand-colored pieces of the 18th century, the museum has color prints from the world of amusement parks and the Kabuki theater (ukiyo-e) of the 18th and 19th centuries, depictions of historical warriors and heroes, (surimono), bizarre depictions of aliens from Nagasaki, an extensive collection of prints of the Meiji period with illustrations of the Sino-Japanese War, the Hokusai and Hiroshige series, depictions of flowers, birds, insects and fishes modern “new wood print” Shin Hanga since the Taisho period. A collection of important books complements the wide spectrum, including rare first editions of the manga of Hokusai as well as Mahlerbücher for Hobbymahler and -Mahlerinnen, which introduce the stylistic peculiarities of different painting schools.

Switzerland, Zurich, Museum Rietberg

Indian Painting from the Eva and Konrad Seitz Collection, Until 13-05-2018

Exhibition of Indian painting honoring Eva and Konrad Seitz who donated a substantial part of their collection of Indian art to the Museum. The paintings created more than 200 years ago exhibit a striking degree of quality, subtlety and elegance. Outside India, the Museum Rietberg ranks among the leading institutions when it comes to Indian painting, especially with regard to works of the Pahari tradition from the Himalayan foothills of northern India.

Switzerland, Zurich, Museum Rietberg

Wealth, Good Fortune and Longevity – Chinese New Year Prints, Until 06-05-2018

Display of Chinese New Year Prints. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, New Year falls on 16 February 2018. In China it is tradition to rid the house of all misfortune and pray to the gods for their blessing. In this context popular prints play a significant role. The colorful pictures provide insight into Chinese folk beliefs and reflect the woes and hopes of the general population.

United Kingdom, Bath, Museum of East Asian Art

Dressed to impress: Netsuke and Japanese Men’s Fashion, Until 22-04-2018

Exhibition exploring the intricate accessories worn by Japanese men during the Edo period (1615-1868). Netsuke are a form of Japanese miniature sculpture that were primarily functional, but evolved into an important art form. The show features a selection of netsuke, chosen from over 2,300 in the British Museum’s collection, with more pieces added from MEAA’s collection to show the range and beauty of these objects and their excellent craftsmanship. Netsukes come in a variety of forms and materials such as wood, ivory and porcelain.  The beauty of these objects is in their individuality, and is reflected in the variety of the netsuke on show; a goldfish, a Chinese boy holding a lion mask and a drum and a fox’s mask. Also on display is a number of inro (a case for holding small objects), a sword, and smoking accessories.

United Kingdom, Cardiff, National Museum Cardiff

KIZUNA: Japan | Wales | Design, 16-06-2018 – 09-09-2018

Major exhibition on how Japanese culture and design has captivated the rest of the world. The show also explains that Wales has played its own distinctive part in this fascinating story of international exchange. In Japanese, Kizunameans the bonds of friendship, which we celebrate in this exhibition. Many of the works of art on display have come from major Japanese national museums especially for this exhibition and some have never been seen in the UK before. Among the highlights are a 400 year old handscroll painted with monsters is a forerunner of modern animation; painted screens, measuring more than 1.6m high by 3.6m long, offer panoramic views of Edō (modern Tokyo) in the 18th century; costumes, ceramic jars and lacquer ware show off Japan’s highly developed craft skills and love of beautiful materials. Yet Europeans have been enjoying Japanese art and design since the 16th century. Four hundred years ago, Sir Thomas Myddleton of Chirk Castle, a founder member of the British East India Company, bought a stunning Japanese lacquered coffer (box for valuables) – now one of the exhibition’s star items. Since then people from Wales and Japan continue to exchange their cultures and their expertise, and the relationship between Wales and Japan is very much alive today.

United Kingdom, London, Victoria & Albert Museum

Lustrous Surfaces, Until 15-09-2018

Cross-cultural display compares the rich and diverse traditions of Asian lacquer at the V&A, including references to the European tradition of ‘japanning’.

United Kingdom, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

The tale of prince Vessantara, Until 09-09-2018

Display, drawn from the Ashmolean’s own collection, highlights a selection of Burmese and Sri Lankan drawings, paintings and woodcarvings of the Vessantara Jatakastory dating to the 19th century. The Vessantara Jatakais the last and most popular of the jatakatales. Here the Buddha was born as Prince Vessantara of the Sivi Kingdom, a very generous man who gave away everything, including his wife and children, to help others. His actions demonstrate the virtue of generosity, which in Buddhism is one of the ‘perfections’ required to achieve enlightenment. The tale is often illustrated in Southeast Asian and Sri Lankan art. Buddhists can gain merit by making and commissioning these images. The Buddha is believed to have had many lives before being born as Siddhartha Gautama. Stories of his past lives are known as jatakas(‘birth stories’). They play an important role in teaching Buddhist values.