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Alfred Stevens, Die japanische Pariserin, 1872, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 105 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts de La Boverie, Lüttich © Musée des Beaux-Arts de La Boverie, Lüttich


Fascination Japan

Monet · Van Gogh · Klimt

10.10.2018 - 20.01.2019

Emil Orlik, Japanisches Mädchen unterm Weidenbaum, 1901, Farbholzschnitt auf Japanpapier, 18,5 x 35,9 cm © Sammlung Dr. Eugen Otto, WienKasushika Hokusai, 36 Ansichten des Berges Fuji: Unter der Welle bei Kanagawa, um 1830, Farbholzschnitt, 25,3 x 37,5 cm, MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst, Wien © MAK/Georg MayerKatsushika Hokusai, Seltene Ansichten berühmter Brücken in verschiedenen Provinzen: Die achtteilige Brücke bei Mikawa, um 1831/32, Farbholzschnitt, 23 x 34,5 cm © Privatsammlung, WienClaude Monet Waterloo Bridge, 1902, Öl auf Leinwand, 65 x 100 cm © Kunsthaus Zürich, Geschenk Walter Haefner, 1995Edgar Degas, Orchestermusiker, 1872, Öl auf Leinwand, 63,6 x 49 cm, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main © Städel Museum/U. Edelmann/ARTHOTHEKKitagawa Utamaro, Elegante Personen im Stil Utamaros, um 1801, Farbholzschnitt, 35 x 23 cm © Privatbesitz, WienVincent van Gogh, Schmetterlinge und Mohnblumen, 1889, Öl auf Leinwand, 35 x 25,5 cm © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)Paul Gauguin, Fête Gloanec, 1888, Öl auf Holz, 49 x 65 cm © Foto: François Lauginie © Musée des Beaux-arts, OrléansGeorges Lacombe, Die violette Woge, 1896/97, Öl auf Leinwand, 47,5 x 62,5 cm, The George Economou Collection © Odysseas Vaharides / Courtesy The George Economou CollectionGustav Klimt, Nixen – Silberfische, um 1902/03, Öl auf Leinwand, 82 x 52 cm © Bank Austria Kunstsammlung, WienWassily Kandinsky, Abenddämmerung, 1904, Holzschnitt, 15,7 x 31,5 cm Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais, Paris/image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCIFranz Marc, Die weiße Katze, 1912 Öl auf Karton, 48,8 x 60 cm © Foto: Punctum/Bertram Kober © Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale), Kulturstiftung Sachsen-AnhaltKasushika Hokusai, 100 Erzählungen: Frau Oiwa, um 1830, Farbholzschnitt, 24,6 x 18,5 cm MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst, Wien © MAK/Georg MayerEdgar Degas, Der Tanzunterricht, um 1873, Öl auf Leinwand, 47,6 x 62,2 cm © National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection)

The 2018 autumn exhibition in the Kunstforum is devoted to “Japomanie” – the West’s passion for the aesthetics and world of images of the Far East. The exhibition traces its development, starting with the fascination for the exotic and the new and the first stirrings in the 1860s to long after the turn of the century, to its amalgamation into the form vocabulary of Western painting and the influence of its aesthetics on the development of modernism around 1900.

Ever since the 1860s, the elegant and exotic aesthetics of the everyday utensils, the exquisite textiles and most of all the fantastical and richly luminous narrative ukiyo-e – the colour woodcuts – had been invading the European market and fulfilling the public’s yearning for unknown culture and a new vision of aesthetics.

Artists were in the forefront, collecting and integrating the extraordinary form vocabulary of the ukiyo-e and their astonishing themes and motifs into their visual imagery. Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and Degas were the first, followed by the younger artists – Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vuillard and Vallotton, also Marc and Kandinsky, to name only the most important.

Launching out from Paris, Japomanie conquered the whole of Europe – also in Austria, after the impact of the Vienna World Fair in 1873, it triggered a genuine hype surrounding the aesthetics of the Far East, which inspired such artists as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Subsequently the ideas from the Far East evolved into independent interpretations and realisations in a new language of forms that heralded the approaching modernism of the twentieth century – in which the trends towards abstraction, towards breaking loose from the conventional pictorial space, took their own autonomous development.

The exhibition includes not only paintings and printed graphics, but also objects and furniture, juxtaposing Japanese woodcuts, screens and artefacts to European works influenced by the aesthetics of the Far East, including by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Nabis and the Blauer Reiter group. Around a hundred exhibits from international public and private collections present a wide-ranging overview of the phenomenon of “Japonisme” that spread throughout Europe from the late nineteenth century to the dawn of the avant-garde movements.

curated by

Evelyn Benesch


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