French ceramics at the time of Impressionism 1866-1886 Maturity of Japonisme Closed

General information

Apr.5 – Jun.22, 2014Closed
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Admittance until 5:30 p.m.)
Every Wednesday
Adults: ¥800 Visitors aged 65 or over carrying proof of age: ¥700 Students (College): ¥600 Students (High / Middle school): ¥200 Admission is free for children in primary school and younger. Groups of 20 or more are subject to a ¥100 discount per person. Admission is free for disability passbook holders and up to one accompanying adult.
Panasonic Shiodome Museum, The Asahi Shimbun
French Embassy in Japan (French Institute of Tokyo), Minato Ward Board of Education
Air France
Planning and Cooperation
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About the exhibition

 In April 1874, Paris hosted the First Impressionist Exhibition—often considered the most groundbreaking group exhibit in the history of modern art. Displayed works included Monet’s Impression, Sunrise, which simply yet boldly depicts a natural setting where the day’s first rays of light are glittering on the water’s surface. However, critics initially found the work to be lacking in detail and labeled the artists featured in the exhibition as “Impressionists,” thus unwittingly giving the group its name. A similar revolution was occurring at the time in ceramics as well, where artists employed new techniques and Japonism to create works that evoked a more modernist sensibility.

The etcher Félix Bracquemond, whose works were featured at the First Impressionist Exhibition, was one such artist influenced by Japanese art. After meeting Charles Haviland, owner of Limoges porcelain maker Haviland and famed collector of Japanese artworks, Bracquemond was hired as art manager of the company. There, he began to display a talent for nontraditional design that employed a variety of influences, including Japonism. In the early 1880s, he started using new techniques such as stoneware and copper-red glazing. Such experimentation helped Bracquemond develop Haviland into one of France’s greatest ceramic makers.

In 1974, the Céramique Impressionniste exhibition was held in Paris to mark the centenary of the First Impressionist Exhibition. By displaying ceramic works decorated in the style of Impressionist paintings under a name that emphasized the link between the works and Impressionism, the exhibition brought a new sense of renown to these works.

This first-ever Japanese exhibition dedicated to Impressionist ceramics will present visitors with an introduction to ceramic works decorated in the Impressionist style, with a focus on the Haviland family’s private collection. Other featured works will include late 19th century French tableware and ceramic works displaying a deep fondness for Eastern and Japanese aesthetics, as well as Impressionist paintings by Monet and Renoir. A total 155 works will be on display.

Events/Seminars (in Japanese only)

Special Presentation “The two roots of Impressionism: Rococo and Japonism”


Nobuyuki Senzoku, Adviser of Umi-Mori Art Museum,Emeritus professor of SEIJO UNIVERSITY
Apr. 12, 2014
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Free (Exhibition ticket holders only.) (Preregistration required. Up to 150 admitted.)
Fifth Floor Hall, Panasonic Shiodome Building

* Preregistration begins on Feb.3rd, 2013.

» Preregistration

Tea Event “French Impressionist ceramics”


Visitors will get to drink tea from Haviland cups while enjoying a presentation on the exhibition by the exhibition director.
Hiroko Miura,Chief Curator of the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park
May. 17, 2014
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:00 p.m.)
Free (Exhibition ticket holders only.) (Preregistration required. Up to 50 admitted.)
Fifth Floor Hall, Panasonic Shiodome Building

* Preregistration begins on Mar.17th, 2013.
* Only first-arrival 15 persons can use the Haviland cup and a saucer.

» Preregistration

【 Preregistration 】

Those who wish to attend the Special Presentation and Tea Event must preregister through NTT 03-5770-8600.

・ Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.
・ Admission is free, but only exhibition ticket holders may attend.

For more information, contact us at 03-5770-8600.

  • * Any personal information submitted as part of the preregistration process will only be used for organizational purposes for the presentation, and will be destroyed after the event.
  • * By submitting personal information as part of the preregistration process, you agree that the Museum may use said information for the above-mentioned organizational purposes.

Guided tours

(No preregistration required)

  • • May 10th and Jun.7th
  • • Tours begin at 2 p.m.
  • • Admission is free, but only exhibition ticket holders may attend.
  • • Please gather at the Panasonic Shiodome Museum entrance.