“Giapponismo, Venti d’Oriente nell’arte europea. 1860 – 1915” at Palazzo Rovella, Rovigo

Still today, after two centuries, Japan “contaminates” us with its elegance and its mystery, we are talking about the “Japonism” exhibition available at Palazzo Rovella, Rovigo.


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How simple can falling in love with Japan be and how easily are we affected? Form, synthesis and refinement are the elements that characterize the “Japonisme”. A sort of “addiction”, a “fashion”, a suggestive and innovative art that has swept western art and culture. In fact, in 1853, the Rising Sun opened its doors to diplomatic and commercial relations with the rest of the world by bringing its culture to our lands.

First in London in 1862 and then in Paris, the world capital of art from the second half of the nineteenth century, the style of Japonism conquered Europe. From the spectacular porcelains, the clothing, the ukiyo-e prints and the Japanese furnishings that spread to all the remaining nations at great speed. From Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Bohemia, up to Italy.

The artists of Japonism

Also, the great artists like Gauguin, Van Gogh, Klimt, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Sir John Lavery, Giuseppe De Nittis Antonio Mancini, Antonio Fontanesi, Maurice Denis and Henry Van De Velde (just to name a few) mixed their own style with that of the rising sun. All these artists took inspiration from that wave of “Japonism” that unveiled and amplified the new style coming from the magical overseas, translating into Art Nouveau.


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That stranger beauty to the superficiality that is behind every form, trait, and curve hides concepts foreign to western culture and it began to spread in society. From the upper classes of the bourgeoisie, to the lower social ones where the posters contributed to the expansion of Japonism.

Society changes, evolves, runs, collides with new needs and consumerism makes its way. Advertising becomes a weapon, but also a catalyst of influences, which attracts, which speaks for itself, which gives rise to needs just before unknown. An art form that drew from the precise morphological and aesthetic oriental characteristics. Japan becomes a model and guide, with its colors, its balance and the Japanese graphics that captures with its key concepts.


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The exhibition Giapponismo, Venti d’Oriente nell’arte europea. 1860 – 1915

A real artistic current to be counted among the immortal ones and this is the purpose of the great exhibition “Japonism, Winds of the East in European art. 1860 – 1915 ” in progress since 28 September 2019. The exhibition on display in Rovigo at Palazzo Roverella will be available until 26 January 2020. A journey in 4 stages expertly designed by Francesco Parisi to help us admire the priceless artistic and cultural heritage that we have inherited.

Absolutely not to be missed!

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