Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan
Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan
Organized by the Japanese Art Society of America, this special exhibition reevaluates a seminal era of turmoil, transformation, and creativity in Japan spanning the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries.
Asia Society
October 03, 2023 to January 07, 2024
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Exhibition Details

Comprising nearly 80 works—including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptural works, and objects in various media, such as enamel, lacquer, embroidery, and textiles—this exhibition presents some of the finest examples of Meiji-period artworks in American collections, both public and private.

Additional Details

Arranged around traditional Japanese motifs, such as the sea and nature, Buddhist deities, beauties, and mythical animals, Meiji Modern highlights these themes as they are transformed by the introduction of newly imported techniques, materials, and objects, surprising the viewer with works of technical virtuosity, unexpected scale, and sheer beauty.


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Image: Detail from Benjamin Franklin in Japanese Costume, Attributed to Kōzan I (Miyagawa Toranosuke) (1842–1916) / courtesy of Asia Society