Art Terminology

JAPONISME

Japonisme is a French term coined in the late nineteenth century to describe the craze for Japanese art and design in the West. The term is generally said to have been coined by the French critic Philippe Burty in the early 1870s. It described the craze for Japanese art and design that swept France and …

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JIKKEN KOBO (EXPERIMENTAL WORKSHOP)

Founded in Tokyo in 1951, Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop) were an interdisciplinary group of artists, musicians, choreographers and poets who were inspired by European and American avant-gardes. The group was founded against the backdrop of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs and in a time of post-war austerity. Their multi-layered installations embraced sound recording, photography and …

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