Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan at Asia Society Museum, October 3, 2023 – January 7, 2024

“Asia Society presents a fresh look at the art of Japan’s Meiji era (1868-1912), a period of unprecedented cultural and technological transition, in the landmark exhibition Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan. During these four remarkable decades, the country experienced radical social and political shifts, which propelled the once inward-facing society into a new modern, global era. 

Following two centuries of limited international trade, new connections with foreign cultures inspired dynamic new forms of artistic expression. The profound cross-cultural impact of the country’s developing relationships with the wider world is evident in over 80 extraordinary objects comprising Meiji Modern, on view at Asia Society Museum in New York from October 3, 2023 through January 7, 2024.” —  Asia Society

Hashio Kiyoshi (Kajimoto Seizaburō) (1888–1964). Morning Sea, 1915. Silk embroidery on silk ground set in lacquered wood frame with silk braid hinges. Allentown Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Van Santvoord, 2008.7
Unidentified Artist. Tide-Changing Jewel with Dragonca. 1900. Silver, shakudō (copper and gold alloy), and crystal. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Bequest of Cornelia Blakemore Warner, 1947.682
Kishi Chikudō (1826–1897). Verso of Tigers by Mountain Streams, ca. 1892–5. Pair of six-panel folding screens. Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gift of Harriet and Ed Spencer, 2012.1.2.1–2
Ganho (active 1900s). Catch of the Day, ca. 1900. Two-panel folding screen; ink, mica, and mineral pigments on silk. Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina. Gift of Mrs. Joseph Palmer Knapp, by exchange, 2016.16.1
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). Detail of A Brief History of Japan: Susanoo no Mikoto Kills the Eight-Headed Serpent at Hirokawa in Izumo Province, 1887. Polychrome woodblock print (nishiki-e) triptych. Collection of Richard and Linda Greene
Aoki Tomonobu (Ichiryū) (active Meiji era), Censer in the Form of a Hawk, ca.1895. Silver, shibuichi, shakudō, black-and gold lacquer, and silk cord. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Nidhika and Pershant Mehta, Dr. Ellen R. Gritz and Mr. Milton D. Rosenau Jr., Dr. David Y. Graham, Drew and Laura Tingleaf, Manmeet and Paul Likhari, and Friends of Asian Art, 2018.641.A–E
Watanabe Nobukazu (1872–1944). Bronze Statue of Saigō Takamori in Ueno Park, Tokyo, 1899. Ukiyo-e woodblock-printed vertical ōban triptych, ink and color on paper. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Gift of Irwin Lavenberg, the Lavenberg Collction of Japanese Prints, 2021:36.453a–c
Attributed to Kōzan I (Miyagawa Toranosuke) (1842–1916). Benjamin Franklin in Japanese Costume, 1880–83. Glazed earthenware, 8 7/8 x 8 1/2 in. (22.5 x 21.6 cm). Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of William H. Huntington, 83.2.275
Utagawa (Baidō) Kokunimasa (1874–1944). The Life of President Grant in Japanese (Gurando-shi den Yamato bunshō), 1879. Woodblock printed book; ink and color on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015, 2015.300.228

Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan is organized by the Japanese Art Society of America, or JASA, in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The exhibition co-curators are Bradley Bailey, the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Curator of Asian Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Chelsea Foxwell, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Chicago.

Images courtesy Asia Society.