"Japan: Modern" at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
For the first time, the Rijksmuseum presents 170 works from the Elise Wessels collection testifying the fast modernization of Japan in the early decades of the twentieth century. The archipelago is now booming. Its modern urban centers offer a fertile climate for industry and give rise to new forms of leisure. As in Europe and America, women are pushing the old borders, forging a new model of “modern girl.” But along this optimism also is another sentiment where nostalgia dominates, fueled by uncertainty. In this era of profound change, the past is glorified as an ideal.
Until September 11th. www.rijksmuseum.nl