Exhibition “The Buddhism of Madame Butterfly. Buddhist Japonism.” Scenography by Atelier de scénographie Pascal Payeur, Paris / Photo : MEG, V. Tille
(Courtesy of Museum of Ethnography)
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BY JAKE CIGAINERO | NOVEMBER 10, 2015
GENEVA – In the exhibition “The Buddhism of Madame Butterfly,” the Museum of Ethnography in Geneva assembles some of the first Japanese art, artifacts and objects brought to Europe in the late 19th-century.
Curator Jérôme Ducor said the exhibition presents the fascination of Japanese Buddhism within the context of the larger phenomenon of the movement “Japonism,” the French term that describes that early influence of Japanese aesthetics on Western culture.
Although Westerners knew about Buddhism from India, the religion had long been dead on the continent. Ducor said the interest was renewed when Matthew Perry’s forcing Japan open to trade in 1854 revealed the country as a living example of modern practice.
“The fascination was mostly exotic,” said Ducor. “It was the shock of discovering a sophisticated culture that had been closed for so long – that’s to say, the discovery of civilized cultures outside of Europe.”
Vitrines at the beginning of the exhibition trace initial European tastes for Japanese culture up to the moment in which commercialization reached saturation. In just a little more than 20 years, the quality of exported objects plunged, becoming garish and kitsch, as seen in clunky ceramics and porcelain vases with cartoonish samurais.
Detail of Samurai armour
Cuirass with the Bodhisattva Kannon sitting on the dragon (Ryūzū-Kannon)
Japan. 16th century
Metal, leather, textile
Musée d’ethnographie de Genève
Photo : J. Watts
Thursday, April 18, 2013
ZURICH.- On 7 and 8 May Koller will offer at auction a number of top quality Buddhist figures from long-standing private collections and numerous works of art from Japan, India, South East Asia and the Islamic regions. The top lot is a large Tibetan figure of Buddha Shakyamuni with an estimated value of CHF 400 000 / 600 000. Continue reading
International Conference, 11-12 November 2011
28 octobre 2011
Par Rémy Delage
Pilgrimages and Sanctuaries: Art, Music and Rituals
11-12 November 2011
Organized by The Centro Incontri Umani Ascona, Swizterland
T. Zarcone, CNRS – GSRL / EPHE, Paris
P. Khosronejad, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews, Scotland
A. Hobart, University College, London
With the participation of
The “Groupe Sociétés Religions Laïcité” (GSRL)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Ecole Pratique des hautes Etudes (EPHE) – Université de la Sorbonne
and of The Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews
Statuette Padmapâni Lokeshvara Népal, XVIIe siècle Bronze, H 34 cm Inv ETHAS 042342 / La Triade du Bouddha Amida Japon, XVIe siècle Peinture sur soie, H 165 cm Inv ETHAS 038547
Geneva Exhibit Features Buddhist Kannon: This Deity Of Compassion …
Recently inaugurated at Geneva’s Museum of Ethnography: a show called ‘Kannon’s Gaze’ devoted to the Buddhist deity beloved all over Asia.