The World Exposition of 1873, held in Vienna, Austria, marked the Meiji government's first official participation in such an event, and Japan's international debut as a modern nation. The array of exotic Oriental artifacts and exquisite arts and crafts exhibited set off the Japonisme boom, and porcelain products were regarded as an important export for securing foreign currency. Products adapted in response to Art Nouveau and other trends, and fascinated the world.
However, with memories and records having been lost over the next hundred or so years, and only a small number of pieces remaining in Japan, the reality of export porcelain is yet to be completely understood.
Focusing on export porcelain items from the Meiji and Taisho periods that have returned to Japan, this exhibition offers a glimpse at the great contribution porcelain made to the foundation of modern Japan.
When: Fri. 25 Jun. to Mon. 20 Sep. (nat. hol.) (10:00 - 17:00; Last entry by 16:30) Closed Mondays (or the following business day if it falls on a national holiday), Fri. 13 Aug. to Mon. 16 Aug.
Where: Yokoyama Art Museum (横山美術館), Higashi Ward (東区)
Access: A 4-minute walk from Shinsakae-machi Sta. (新栄町駅, H11) Exit 1 on the Subway Higashiyama Line (地下鉄東山線) or Takaoka Sta. (高岳駅, S06) Exit 3 on the Subway Sakura-dori Line (桜通線).
Admission: General admission 1,000 (800) Yen; University & Senior HS students, Seniors (over 65) 800 (600) Yen; Junior HS students 600 (400) Yen; Holders of a Certificate of Disability 700 (500) Yen; Elementary school students and younger free. Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more.
Website: https://www.yokoyama-art-museum.or.jp/ (Japanese)