Exhibitions - November 2018

Exhibitions - November 2018

Museum Exhibitions:

Prochainment – Meiji, Splendeurs du Japon impérial

From 17 October 2018 until 14 January 2019
Musée Guimet, Paris, France
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, this exhibition sheds light on the many upheavals of the Meiji era (1868-1912) - a time of revolutionary developments both for Japan and for the rest of the world. The exhibition explores various aspects of Japan's modernisation and the internationalisation of artistic production by looking at different techniques. In order to make us aware of the many changes in Japanese art and society, it presents jewellery, cloisonnés, photographs, textiles, paintings, bronzes, and ceramics. Among the artists featured, we find great names such as Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin. For more information about this exhibition, 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.

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art - Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles

From 13 October 2018 until 13 January 2019
Portland Art Museum, Portland, U.S.A.
Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover, and a means to express shared heritage and values. The more than one hundred works in this exhibition illuminate how poetry—in both Japanese and Chinese—has taken visual form in Japan. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present

From 16 September 2018 until 3 February 2019
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Ancient and modern are spectacularly combined in the exhibition Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present at De Nieuwe Kerk. Admire a wealth of thousands of years old objects and contemporary art from artists including Ai Weiwei and Yoko Ono. The earliest object dates from the third century A.D. and the most recent from 2018, since some of the installations are being created especially for this exhibition. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Rosetsu - Ferocious Brush

From 6 September until 4 November 2018
Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Switzerland

For eight weeks, Japan’s most famous tiger will reside exclusively at Museum Rietberg in Zurich. Now the entire temple’s painted walls and a number of other, awe-inspiring masterpieces by Rosetsu are being shown for the first time outside of Japan. 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

Ryoji Ikeda

From 15 September until 2 December 2018
Eye, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This autumn, Ryoji Ikeda, visual artist and a key figure in the world of electronic music, will create a spectacular presentation specially for Eye. He will fill the exhibition gallery with his overwhelmingly immersive audiovisual artworks, which are based on elementary phenomena such as silence, space, time and infinity. Ikeda’s work often depicts the invisible structures and data that shape our lives. In his mind-expanding art, Ikeda features images of pixels as well as the universe: the very smallest and the very biggest come together. 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
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.

The Poetry of Nature - Edo Paintings from the Fishbein-Bender Collection

From 27 February until 21 January 2019
Galleries 225-232, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Painting blossomed in Japan during the Edo period (1615–1868) as artists daringly experimented with conventional styles. In this exhibition, more than 40 examples of Edo-period paintings from the collection of Estelle P. Bender and her late husband T. Richard Fishbein—mostly gifts and promised gifts to The Met—help trace the development of the major schools and movements of this fascinating era. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Japanese Arms and Armor from the Collection of Etsuko and John Morris

From 25 January until 6 January 2019
Gallery 380, The Met Fifth Avenue, New York, U.S.A.

Presenting a wide array of samurai armor, blades, and accoutrements dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, this exhibition celebrates the promised gift of thirty-seven objects from the collection of Etsuko and John Morris, as well as other important gifts made by Mr. and Mrs. Morris to The Met's Department of Arms and Armor over the past seventeen years. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Gallery Exhibitions:

Reflections of a Summer Scape - Japanese Clay, Prints and Paintings

From 13 October until 10 November 2018
JAPAN ART – Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Sueharu Fukami - Porcelain Sculptures

From 10 September until 2 November 2018
Erik Thomsen Gallery, New York, U.S.A.

For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Miho Kajioka - So It Goes

4 November 2018
Opening, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
In the upcoming exhibition so it goes Miho Kajioka is presenting new work which relates to the concept of time, memory and location and which will take place at two galleries, in Amsterdam and Antwerp. Like in her earlier works the series consists of intuitive images of fragments of her daily life, from various periods and against changing backdrops, among others relating to the cities of Amsterdam and Antwerp. For more information, click here.

Auctions:

Bonhams – Asian Art

5 November 2018
Knightsbridge, London, U.K.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Art

15 November 2018
Edinburgh, Schotland
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Christie's – Japonisme

15 November 2018
Paris, France
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Van Ham - Asian Art

6 December 2018
Cologne, Germany
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Lempertz – India, South East Asia, Japan

8 December 2018
Cologne, Germany
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Bonhams – Fine Asian Works of Art

17 December 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

Bonhams – Asian Decorative Works of Art

18 December 2018
San Fransisco, U.S.A.
For more information on this auction, click here.​

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