Japanomania in the North

17 June 2016–16 October 2016

The Influence of Japan on Nordic Art and Design 1875–1918
The National Gallery and The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The fascination for Japan left its mark on the visual arts, design and fashion, and formed a prelude to Nordic modernism.

Japanese Inspiration

Japanese inspiration, or Japonism as it is known in the arts, began to evolve when Japan opened its borders in 1854. The exotic art of the land to the east garnered immediate admiration and had a major impact on European impressionists and design reformers.

Simplification, asymmetry, freer forms and stylised nature motifs were stylistic features that revolutionised the arts and crafts. The operettas The Mikado and The Geisha were a roaring success and created a craze for all things Japanese.

For the first time ever, this exhibition shows the wide-ranging influence of Japanese art on Nordic art and design around 1900. Works by Gerhard Munthe, Thorvald  Bindesböll, Bruno Liljefors and Helene Schjerfbeck are presented along with works by pioneers such as Monet, Gauguin and van Gogh. 

The exhibition consists of two complementary parts, showing concurrently at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design and the National Gallery.


General:info@nasjonalmuseet.no tel: +47 21 98 2000
Press Contact:Elise Lundtel: +47 993 21 942
Exhibition Curator:Vibeke Waallann Hansen
Widar Halén
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Curator Education: Ellen Johanne Lerberg
Cathrine Lorange 
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Project Manager: Elsebet Kjerschowtel: +47 936 06 155