Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The poetry of this world
“Japonisme: From Falize to Fabergé, The Goldsmith and Japan,” is a not-for-sale exhibition in aid of The Prince’s Trust and runs through May 20. This museum-worthy exhibition displays in intricate and colorful detail how much the opening up in the 19th century of a previously shuttered country influenced everything from hair combs made from humble horn to silver tea pots (their streamlined shapes suggesting 20th-century modernism before its time).
The significance of the exhibition is that not one single piece is made in Japan, but rather shows how the culture and skills of Japanese artists enthralled others. Or, as Lucien Falize put it: “They have taught us the poetry of this world.”
Read more about it here