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art + design | The call of the East

Visual arts are the eternal source of inspiration for design. The two fields can subsist separately, too, but why would we ever separate them if they complement each other so well? We would rather further boost the connection and from now on, we will choose an art exhibition that will be currently available* and we will let it inspire a design selection. 

The influence of Japan’s visual culture keeps flaring up in the Western world from time to time. Japanese minimalism currently enjoys a revival, but the more laid-back philosophy of wabi-sabi also originates from Japanese aesthetics. The exhibition of The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest titled The Call of the East. Japonisme as Reflected in the Prints of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy puts the influence of Japanese woodblock prints on the artists of the Western world into focus. 

On the exhibition organized on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic contract concluded between the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and Japan, approximately 70 works of art,
the Japanising creations of artists from France, England and the Monarchy inspired by the 18-19th century Japanese woodblock prints will be available from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts and the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. 

Works of art: Utagawa Hiroshige III Sukiya Embankment (from the series Scenes of Famous Places along the Tôkaidô Road )
Japanese paper, colorful woodcut. Japan, Tokyo, 1869. 5th month
Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts

Blanket – hoom |Vandor Studio, Lamp – AAGATH Design, Ceramics- Kezemura, Shoes – KAVE, Backpack – Ykra, Table – Codolagni, Kodak camera – Studio Rygkalik

Lamp – Roche Bobois |Marta Bakowski, Reed diffuser – Zara Home, Chair – TONVase – GOAHOME, Slippers – NUBU, Rug – LVG Showroom

* The exhibitions cannot be visited in person due to the coronavirus epidemic. Please check the website of the specific museums for further information on online tours. 

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