This weekend I made a long overdue visit to the Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK) in Copenhagen to see Japanomania, an exhibition about the transformative impact of Japonisme in Nordic art. From exotic geishas and new ways of depicting nature and rarefied aesthetics, Japanese art created seismic changes in the European art scene in the second half of the nineteenth century.
This exhibition, the first ever held in Denmark to explore the influence of Japonisme on Danish and Nordic art, tells the story of the birth of Japonisme through works by artists such as Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anna Ancher, L.A. Ring, Van Gogh, Albert Edelfelt and Claude Monet. The aesthetic connection between the Scandinavia and Japan has often been explored in terms of design but this thoughtful exhibition seeks to show that the impact on art was just as important.
Japanomania in the North 1875-1918 at SMK Copenhagen. Until 23 April
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