Exhibition Catalog Japan-Japonisms

Exhibition Catalog Japan-Japonisms
Exhibition Catalog Japan-Japonisms
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Under the supervision of Béatrice Quette, curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in charge of Asian collections.

Texts by Hélène Andrieux, Asuka Minami, Véronique Ayroles, Réjane Bargiel, Rafaèle Billé, Ségolène Bonnet, Marianne Brabant, Catherine Didelot, Amélie Gastaut, Audrey Gay-Mazuel, Pamela Golbin, Laure Haberschill, Benoit Jenny, Kashiwagi Kayoko, Kawakami Noriko, Karine Lacquemant, Shanti Devi Luraghi, Leonore of Magneus, Anne Monier, Moroyama Masanori, Manuela Moscatiello, Marion Neveu, Jean-Luc Olivie, Evelyne Posseme, Sebastien Quéquet, Julie Ruffet-Troussard, Basile Valetoux.

Graphics: Anaïs Lancrenon.

Editions Les Arts Décoratifs

Number of pages
227 mm - 314 mm - 26 mm (épaisseur)
Exhibition, Exhibition catalogs


As part of the "Japonismes 2018: Souls in Resonance" season, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs pays homage to Japan and its art and reveals on this occasion the richness of its collections which, since the end of the 19th century, have shown between these two great nations.
Discover all this universe in the catalog of the exhibition!

  • About the book *

The World Expo of 1867 is the first to be attended by Japan, which the following year opens to the West with the beginnings of the Meiji era. The discovery of this radically different culture and art is of great interest to many French artists who draw on forms, patterns and techniques to renew their achievements. Part of the twentieth century's modernity finds its roots there.

Personalities like Émile Guimet, Hugues Krafft, Henri Cernuschi, Siegfried Bing or Hayashi Tadamasa, travelers, collectors or merchants, have been remarkable smugglers between these two worlds. This book explores the influence of Japan on the French arts, from the second half of the 19th century to the present day, in the fields of the object (ceramics, glasses, bronzes, lacquers, wallpapers, jewelery, furniture ...), printmaking, photography, toys, textiles, fashion and graphic design.

It gives a large place to the Japanese and Japanese collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, which was one of the first European museums to have purchased and exhibited the achievements that reflect the Japanese know-how. It also presents contemporary works from Japanese public or private collections, unpublished in France.

In a page layout that is full of images, it brings together at the same time great figures of the Japanese scene, such as Hokusai, Hiroshige, graphic designer Ikko Tanaka, designer Shiro Kuramata, fashion designers Issey Miyake or Rei Kawakubo and great names in decorative art, from Émile Gallé to the Bouroullec brothers, to Jules Chéret and Charlotte Perriand.