A Trove of Japanese Cloisonné
May 23 - September 22, 2019
Exhibition opening: Wed, 22nd May 2019
When Japan opened to the world in the mid-nineteenth century, the West was astonished to see a land of natural beauty, nonetheless likewise of high civilization and its artifacts. Japonism as a fashion phenomenon was born.
With him, the art form of the Japanese cloisonné experienced a rapid upswing. Artistically decorated vases, plates and bowls in such decorating technique, within which colored glass is melted on a surface in the midst of fine copper bars, were intentionally created for a high-standing international market. In an interface of Eastern and Western aesthetics, a novel style of the decorative emerged. Even today, the delicate color gradients, finely crafted motifs and picturesque surface effects impress.
The Museum Angewandte Kunst received an anonymous donation of circular four hundred high-quality Japanese cloisonné works in the 2016 Anniversary. After introductory handpicked pieces were presented in the same Anno, the innovative exhibition shows for the first time the entire collection in its diversity.
An extensive catalog of the exhibition was realized with the generous support of the bank Metzler.
Source: (Website Museum Angewandte Kunst)
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