Export Empire: Japan and the modern world
Jan 26, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019Free
The restoration of true rule by the Emperor and the establishment of his ‘enlightened government’ in Japan in 1868 initiated a period of rapid cultural change and modernisation in Japan.
Known as the Meiji era (1868-1912), this period is defined by innovative media and the creation of opulent and extravagant export wares for western tastes, which graced international exhibitions and inspired a global craze for Japanese art and culture. Export Empire: Japan and the modern world explores this evocative era in Japanese art and culture which led to the emergence of the modern nation.
Japan, Shibayama cabinet, c.1880, Japan, inlaid wood, lacquer, ivory, mother-ofpearl, gilt bronze, 208.0 x 140.0 x 60.0 cm; Gift of the beneficiaries of Agnes M.C. Rasp 1936, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.