Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan

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Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan
Curated by: MFA Boston

919 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
January 31st, 2014 - May 11th, 2014
Opening: January 31st, 2014 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

United States
Monday–Saturday 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursday & Friday extended hours until 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
art-nouveau, post-impressionism, decorative arts, impressionism, landscape, traditional


The late 19th and early 20th century witnessed an explosion of interest in all things Japanese that prompted a correspondingly radical shift in modern art dubbed “Japonisme” by the Parisian critic Philippe Burty in 1872.  Some of the greatest American and European artists were inspired by Japanese art and culture during this period to create works of singular beauty.

The Frist Center will be the first museum to present Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan. The exhibition, which will later be seen in Japan, Canada, and San Francisco, explores the fruitful encounter between East and West by showing Japanese ukiyo-e prints and decorative arts alongside the paintings and prints of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch and the furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which has one of the finest collections of both Japanese art and American and European art of this period in the world.  

Supporting Sponsor: Christie’s

Additional support provided from the United States-Japan Foundation

Belmont University and Ocean Way Recording Studios donated recording time and professional expertise in the production of this audio tour. 

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.