Art Guide: Learning from Japan

Arguably, the two most fetishized design traditions are those of Scandinavia and Japan – both cherished for their stylish minimalism, humble luxury, and utmost craftsmanship. But although far removed from one another geographically, the two countries have more shared design history than you might think – and thanks to a new exhibition, we’ve come to understand it better. “Learning from Japan,” currently on display at the Danish Design Museum, charts the specific influence of Japan on Danish artistic culture through art, design, architecture. Japan’s rich symbolic universe, including insects, patterns, and the mythical “wabi-sabi” aesthetic philosophy of imperfection have had fundamental influence on Danish modernism – in fact, constitutes one of its fundamental cornerstones. Dive into the museum’s sizable collection of Japanese art – including some seriously stunning woodcuts –as well as graphic works and ceramics. A perfect pallet-cleanser for the folkloric Nordic Christmas, in which stylishness can sometimes be hard to spot.

Learning from Japan

Design Museum Denmark

Until January 14th