Albert Edelfelt, Virginie, 1883
Arla Cederberg Collection, Joensuu Art Museum
Photo: Kari Hyttinen


What happens when the North meets Japan? An exhibition about the transformative impact of Japonisme in Nordic art.

Exotic geishas, new ways of depicting nature and rarefied aesthetics. Encountering Japanese art changes the European art scene in the second half of the nineteenth century, and the widespread enthusiasm for all things Japanese also makes itself felt in Nordic art. Compositions become more asymmetrical, and the imagery becomes more decorative, simplified and meditative.

Close to nature
Artists turn their attention to microcosms, studying birds, fish, insects, branches and flowers in minute detail. The snow-capped Mount Fuji, blossoming cherry trees and “The Great Wave” – Japanese art changes the art scene in Europe. This exhibition told the story of the advent of Japonisme through works by artists such as Edvard Munch, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anna Ancher, L.A. Ring, Van Gogh, Albert Edelfelt and Claude Monet.

Nordic collaboration
Japanomania in the North 1875-1918 was arranged in co-operation with Ateneum in Helsinki and Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo. It was the first exhibition ever held on Danish soil to demonstrate the influence of Japonisme on Danish and Nordic art.

Neue Photographische Gesellschaft, Germany
Hand-tinted silver gelatine print published as postcard series
C. 1904
Private Collection, Helsinki

Practical information

Exhibition period
19 January 2017 –
23 April

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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Henriette Christine Hahn-Brinckmann
At Sunset - a Portrait of the Danish Sculptor Niels Hansen Jacobsen, 1900-04
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Photo: Pernille Klemp


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