Exhibition: Cool Japan (National Museum of World Cultures, Amsterdam / MAS, Antwerp)

Date of event:   18/10/2019 − 19/04/2020

Exhibition Title: Cool Japan
Duration: 18 October 2019 to 19 April 2020
Venue: MAS, Antwerp, Belgium (on loan from Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The exhibit ‘Cool Japan’ takes you on a whirlwind tour of the global fascination for Japanese visual culture. With unique historical pieces, the MAS shows how Japanese icons such as Hello Kitty, Zelda and Sailor Moon are all part of a long tradition and how both new and old Japanese art continues to inspire the world.

Zelda, Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty: all world famous icons from Japanese visual culture you may already know. But did you know that contemporary Japanese visual culture also has a rich history? For instance, the style of contemporary Japanese cartoonists or ‘mangaka’ is heavily influenced by Japan’s historical print art and techniques pioneered by old masters. Through unique historical works from its own collection and loans, the MAS presents this long tradition from which contemporary Japanese pop culture has grown out.

For more information about the exhibition please see the museum website [here].