Book a trip to Paris: many Japanese art exhibitions in autumn 2018!

In the second half of 2018 France celebrates 160 years of friendship between Japan and France through the series of events called Japonismes 2018. A wide array of exhibitions, performances and lectures will be organized in Paris and among them are many fascinating exhibitions dedicated to Japanese art from all ages.

The exhibitions cover the works from prehistoric times up to contemporary art: a big installation by Kohei Nawa is on display in the Louvre as of July 13. Other highlights among the exhibitions will be the art of Meiji period (1868-1912) at Musée Guimet; Rinpa painting at the Musée Cernuschi and the works of the 18thcentury painter Itō Jakuchū (1710-1800) at the Petit Palais. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs will host a big exhibition dedicated to Japonisme, the movement in western art which found its origin in the Parisian art world of the late 19thcentury.
As of January 2019, Musée Guimet will celebrate the art of the Nara period (710-794) with an exhibition of Buddhist sculptures. It is extremely rare that such pieces are on display in Europe and only therefore worthwhile visiting. Nara period sculptures can be counted among the best of Japanese sculpture.

Associate program
In the associate program of Japonismes 2018 an additional selection of activities is listed, such as the Japanese prints exhibition Vagues de renouveau – Estampes modernes japonaises 1900-1960 at the Fondation Custodia (6 October to 6 January 2019). This exhibition on prints of the first half of the 20thcentury is organized in collaboration with the Dutch private museum Nihon no hanga, whose collection I was happy to publish in Waves of renewal. Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960.

For a full overview of all exhibitions, check the Japonismes 2018 website and click on official program and associate program.