CaixaForum is holding Spain’s first exhibition on Japanism, an internationally renowned artistic movement and one of the richest and most multifaceted expressions of the 19th century. The exhibition’s 300 items, many of which have never been seen by the public before, throw light on how the European fascination for Japanese art and culture came to establish itself in the Spanish peninsula and especially Catalonia.
The interest in Japan extended across Europe thanks to such influential international initiatives as the establishment and art nouveau products by Siegfried Bing, who left his mark on the works of impressionists, post-impressionists, symbolists and even the avant-garde. Japanism in Spain originated in the 1870s and reached its height at the turn of the century, around the great Modernista artists, offering a huge wealth of aesthetic proposals and works.
Born from the opening of the ports of Japan during the 1860’s, Japonisme became one of the most important and essential ingredients of modern art in Europe in the second half of the eight century. Japonisme contributed themes, motifs, compositions, techniques, formats, and, ultimately, a poetic imagination and a vision of art that tastes do change and uncover a world of new ideas, shapes and colors of where Western art from the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and drank from was renewed.
The works of selected artists: Marià Fortuny, Pablo Picasso, Manet, Rusiñol, Toulouse-Lautrec, Joan Miró, Novell; are testimony to a shared fascination: the discovery of an art, an aesthetic, a culture and a worldview seemingly distant but that captivated artists of 1900 and came in a rich dialogue with society of an entire era.
CaixaForum – Japanism | From 14/06/2013 to 15/09/2013
Av Francesc Ferrer Guàrdia, 6 | Sants-Montjuïc