Impressions of the Orient - at the Mudec, the Japan that Enchanted Europe

Impressions of the Orient - at the Mudec, the Japan that Enchanted Europe
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Without the passion for Japan, the paining of Van Gogh and Monet wouldn’t have been the same. Yet few are aware that Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro dreamed of Western art, playing with perspective and synthetic colours. At the Museo delle Culture, the exhibition Oriente Mudec, a multidimensional journey, tells of the relationship between Europe and Asia over time. The first leg - the Land of the Rising Sun with its exotic charm and its remarkable legacy of artistic styles that conquered European artists between the XIX and XX Centuries. At the end of the 1800s, the reopening of the doors to Japan signalled an epoch for the Old Continent as well - business and commerce with the Meiji Empire made for a revolution destined to influence art and collecting and fashion and design, the so-called Japanism. What was the reason behind all this success? What did the Europeans see in the objects arriving from the Orient? At the Mudec, 170 paintings, prints, sculptures, furnishings and pieces of decorative art are on hand to explain, in an itinerary that, starting with the painting of Giovanni Segantini, Federico Zandomeneghi, Galileo Chini and Giuseppe De Nittis, goes well beyond, bringing us face to face with Japanese pieces of art that are rarely displayed and never detailed to the Western public.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano