Seminar: Japonisme as a Prelude to Modernism in Scandinavian Design and Crafts

30. september 2016

Storsalen, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

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The exhibition “Japanomania in Nordic Countries 1875–1918” has achieved record attendance, and with this seminar we want to focus on Japonisme in design and crafts, where the Japanese influence was perhaps more apparent than in other art forms. The scholarly contributors to our catalogue will expand on their research. The editor of the catalogue and consultant curator Professor Dr. Gabriel Weisberg will present the key-note lecture, and Dr. Geneviève Lacambre will, for the first time in Norway, lecture on her groundbreaking research on Claude Monet and Mount Kolsås. The seminar takes place at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design.



  • 10:45 Registration at Kunstindustrimuseet/the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, St.Olavsgate 1
  • 11:00–11:05 Welcome and introduction by Dr. Widar Halén, director of design and decorative arts, co-curator of the exhibition
  • 11:05–11:50 Spreading Japonisme; Nordic Decorative Arts and the French Connection, Dr. Gabriel Weisberg, professor at Minnesota University
  • 12:00–12:45 Mont Kolsaas, Claude Monet and Japanese Prints, Dr. Geneviève Lacambre, chief curator emerita, Musee d’Orsay, Paris
  • 12:55–13:45 Lunch
  • 13:45 Karl Madsen Collector and Inspirator, Malene Wagner MA, art historian and expert on Japanese art, Copenhagen
  • 14:30 From Japanese Novelties to Swedish National Romanticism, Dr. Helena Kåberg, senior curator, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
  • 15:15–15:30 Tea and coffee
  • 15:30 Japonisme as a Precursor to Modernism in Norwegian Decorative Art, Dr. Widar Halén, director of design and decorative srts, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
  • 16:15 Japonisme in Nordic Textile Art, Dr. Leena Svinhufvud, curator of education, Design Museum, Helsinki
  • 17:00 Japonisme in the Postcard Art of Belle Epoque, Dr. Harri Kalha, lecturer at Helsinki University.
  • 17:30–18:00 Summary and debate