During the first half of the twentieth century Japan’s traditional art and aesthetics interacted with European life and culture, resulting in a pulsating era of Japanese modernism and the creation of Asian Art Deco architecture, paintings, prints, design and fashion.
The exhibition investigates the increasing socially liberated status of Asian women, includingmajor works by young female artists of the era, and modernist colour prints produced with the refined techniques of traditional ukiyo-e. The exhibition also features fashion of the era, including women’s and men’s kimonos and related accessories. Popular culture and interior design will be represented with beautifully crafted glassware, lacquer ware and bronze ware, as well as street posters, magazines and graphic design.
Japanese Modernism has received grant funding from the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for which the NGV is deeply grateful.