Saitō Kazō, 'The cabaret hostess’s song', 1930 (crop)

Showcasing more than 190 multi-disciplinary works created during the first half of the twentieth century, featuring Asian Art Deco paintings, prints, design and fashion, Japanese Modernism is an exclusive exhibition by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Featuring works that were created during a culturally formative period in Japan - specifically between the catastrophe of the 1923 Kanto earthquake and the devastation of World War II - the exhibition presents traditional Japanese motifs juxtaposed with modern designs, highlighting two rare large-scale works by exceptional yet under-recognised women artists and leading avant-garde designers and illustrators of the era.

Showcasing rare paintings and colour woodblock prints, street posters and magazine designs, Japanese Modernism also highlights innovative fashion of the time, including kimonos for women and men displaying playful contemporary designs - as well as accessories embracing Art Nouveau and Art Deco design elements. Decorative arts objects will be presented across beautifully-crafted glassware, lacquerware and bronzeware, with over 100 pieces of Japanese cut glass on display, with geometric and nature motifs inspired by Japanese traditional design

“The culmination of a five-year collecting period by the NGV, Japanese Modernism offers exclusive insight into an era of Japanese art that is yet to be widely discovered by Australian audiences. With all of these works being exhibited in Australia for the first time, this vibrant collection of modernism captures the spirit of a rapidly evolving country and its exuberant youth,” said NGV Director, Tony Ellwood AM.

Don't miss out on this culturally significant exhibition, Japanese Moderism, at NGV on till this October! Find out more here.


Dates: 28 February – 4 October 2020

Location: NGV International - 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Times: Daily 10am - 5pm

Cost: Free

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