The broad artistic spectrum of pre-modern Japan can be discovered at a Viennese gallery.
The Bank Austria Kunstforum’s “Faszination Japan” features outstanding artworks of early popular culture that influenced painters and architects all over the world. The imaginative and brilliantly staged pictorial inventions by Katsushika Hokusai and others are a celebration of the sea and the volcanic Mount Fuji which, according to Shinto faith, holds magical powers and is inhabited by gods.
Another significant subject of early Japanese art is love – from the pensive melancholy of heartbroken lovers to the doomed relationships between courtesans and young men.
The exhibition also reveals the strong impact of Japanese artists’ meticulous observation, idealising compositions and colour range especially on European painters of the early 20th century such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt.
“Faszination Japan” follows an acclaimed presentation of paintings, sculptures and photographs by Man Ray. From October 2020, a Gerhard Richter exhibition will take place at the museum situated in the city centre of Vienna.