Exhibition dates: 17 October 2018 – 14 January 2019
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Meiji era (1868-1912), this exhibition at the Musée Guimet, Paris, highlights the explosion of creativity in Japanese arts at a time of transition in the country’s history. The period when Japan opened to the West, and swift modernisation, industrialisation, and militarisation followed, which consequently brought growth in the cities.
Over 350 works of art are on view, on loan from French and international institutions, such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Musée d’Orsay, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the British Museum, as well as the Khalili Collection of Japanese Art.
The Meiji was a time of great change for Japan, which used its artistic heritage, as one response, to help the country move forward to meet the challenges and demands of the new century. The Meiji period transformed Japan from a medieval, feudal past to a modern, international country, equipped to meet and compete in the modern increasingly globalised world, without entirely giving up its own identity.
An excellent in-depth article on the exhibition can be found on the website of the Asian Art Newspaper.
Location: Musée Guimet, 6 place d’léna, 75116 Paris