Chinoiserie: Asia in Europe 1620-1840

Drawing mainly from the NGV Collection, Chinoiserie will showcase European Chinoiserie in a range of media including ceramics, furniture, glass, textiles, painting, prints and drawings. These creations will be placed with examples of Asian art which illustrate both the inspiration for the European productions and how these works depart from their Asian models.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 09 October 2009 to Sunday 14 March 2010

CHINESE Teapot image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Wednesday 19 August 2009.
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Chinoiserie refers to a style in Western art which draws its inspiration from the arts of China, Japan and India. European fascination with exotic materials like lacquer, silk and porcelain, combined with a lack of accurate information on the great civilizations of Asia, gave rise to European artworks which reflect, not the real world of Asia, but European fantasies of the civilizations of China, Japan and India. With its origins in the seventeenth century, Chinoiserie in Europe reached its climax in the mid-eighteenth century where it informed some of the most delightful and beautiful artistic productions of the period.

Free entry