Japanese art is set to be the focus of an upcoming exhibition scheduled for display at Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Opening on 6th September, Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor will showcase the artistic and cultural relationship that blossomed between Japan and France during the 19th century.
In 1853, Japan opened its doors for trading to the West, giving Europe its first glimpse of Far Eastern culture. This fascination continues today and is something organisers hope to emphasise.
Louvre Abu Dhabi director Manuel Rabaté explained that the exhibition will “shine a light on one significant moment of exchange and inspiration”. He added that the works were a testament to the “interconnected history of human societies, nurturing shared understanding”.
The exhibition will feature 19th and 20th century paintings, prints and folding screens illustrating the influence of ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints and paintings, on modern decorative arts.
The selected works are from the collections of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Musée d’Orsay, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet and Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Complementing the artworks will be a host of activities including informative talks and the Big in Japan festival, set to take place on 26th and 27th October. The event will feature spoken poetry, Japanese cooking classes, screening of anime films by Studio Ghibli and a Manga Lab, where retro arcade gaming and graffiti walls will be housed.
Speaking about the event, exhibit curator and general curator of paintings at Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, Isabelle Cahn, said: “Japanese Connections traces the fundamental contribution of Japanese aesthetics to the development of decorative principles of modern painting in France at the end of the 19th century.”