The 2018 Autumn Exhibition in the Kunstforum of the Bank of Austria is dedicated to “Yapomania” - the passion of the West for aesthetics and the world of images of the Far East. Exhibition“Charm of Japan. Monet, Van Gogh, Klimt " traces its development, starting with the passion for exotic in the 1860s and to the end of the century.
Avant-garde artists collected and integrated unusual vocabulary and amazing themes into their visual images. The first became Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and Degas, and then their young colleagues - Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vuillard and Vallotton, as well as Mark and Kandinsky. Coming out of Paris, “yaponomaniya” covered the whole of Europe - including Austria - inspiring artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
The exhibition includes not only paintings and printed graphics, but also objects and furniture, comparing Japanese artifacts with European works created by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Henri de Toulouse-Lotrek, Nabi and " Blue Rider. About a hundred exhibits from international public and private collections present a broad overview of the phenomenon of “Japanese art”, which spread throughout Europe from the end of the 19th century until the heyday of avant-garde movements.