Japon-Japonismes, 1867-2018 highlights the richness of Japan’s contributions to art and design and showcase the diversity of Japanese culture. The exhibition coincides with the France's "Japonismes 2018" program, which celebrates 160 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and France, and takes place in nearly 100 venues throughout Paris over the span of 8 months.
Since its founding in 1864, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has been at the forefront of preserving and presenting Japanese art in France. With the opening of Japanese borders to the West in 1868 at the beginning of the Meiji Period, a sweeping dialogue between East and West began. In 1869, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs organized the first major exhibition of Eastern art in France with a concentration on Japan. The museum has since acquired, preserved and displayed remarkable examples of Japanese decorative arts.