Taishô chic

Japanese modernity, nostalgia and deco

This exhibition explores the impact of the simultaneous clash and embrace of modernity and tradition on arts and design in Japan of the Greater Taisho period (1900–1930).

Art Exhibition previously on at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Thursday 22 May 2008 to Sunday 03 August 2008

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Published by Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday 15 April 2008.
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Asian gallery, Ground Level

Japan in the early 20th century was a place of great change. The essential question of the day was: how could one be both Japanese and modern at the same time when modernity was defined as Western?

Nowhere was this more evident that in the arts, particularly in the image of women. On one hand, there was the liberated, self-confident, fun-loving ‘modern girl’, who dressed in Western fashion and decorated her home in Western style; on the other, the ‘good wife’ and ‘wise mother’, who epitomised traditional Japanese femininity.

The balance between modernity and nostalgia – the clash and the embrace – is captured in this exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles and decorative arts from the period, ranging from prints of cooly sophisticated young women to bold kimonos with abstract patterns that reinterpreted traditional motifs and sleek glassware that represented the latest in art deco chic.

Organised by the Honolulu Academy of Arts. This exhibition has been made possible by support from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Prices Adult $8.00
Member/Concession $5.00
Family $22.00
(2 adults + 2 children)
Booked school groups $5.00
(per student)