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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan" opening day

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Photo by Noel Allum

"Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan" offers a look at Japan’s Meiji era (1868-1912), when the country emerged from near-total isolation to enter a modern, global period. Over these pivotal decades, Japan experienced radical social and political shifts. The exhibition brings together nearly 200 works of Meiji art from more than 70 public and private collections.

Through the objects on view, "Meiji Modern" reveals the profound cross-cultural impact of Japan’s developing relationships with the wider world. Paintings, sculpture, prints, posters, and fine examples of enamel, lacquer, and textiles reflect a blending of cultures and techniques as well as the innovative interchange of old and new.

Among the themes in the exhibition are the role of the sea in Japanese culture; changing gender roles; the nation’s religion, traditions, and myths; and plants and animals embraced internationally as motifs for export. Not to be missed: the newly acquired MFAH work Tigers, a pair of gold-leaf folding screens. The exhibition also features several recently discovered masterpieces of Japanese art, many of which have never been shown publicly.

The exhibition will remain on display through September 15.

"Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan" offers a look at Japan’s Meiji era (1868-1912), when the country emerged from near-total isolation to enter a modern, global period. Over these pivotal decades, Japan experienced radical social and political shifts. The exhibition brings together nearly 200 works of Meiji art from more than 70 public and private collections.

Through the objects on view, "Meiji Modern" reveals the profound cross-cultural impact of Japan’s developing relationships with the wider world. Paintings, sculpture, prints, posters, and fine examples of enamel, lacquer, and textiles reflect a blending of cultures and techniques as well as the innovative interchange of old and new.

Among the themes in the exhibition are the role of the sea in Japanese culture; changing gender roles; the nation’s religion, traditions, and myths; and plants and animals embraced internationally as motifs for export. Not to be missed: the newly acquired MFAH work Tigers, a pair of gold-leaf folding screens. The exhibition also features several recently discovered masterpieces of Japanese art, many of which have never been shown publicly.

The exhibition will remain on display through September 15.

WHEN

WHERE

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, USA
https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/meiji-modern-fifty-years-of-new-japan

TICKET INFO

Free-$24

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