What do frogs, insects and reptiles have to do with Danish crafts and design?

Explore the symbolic universe that defines Japanese art and learn more about how Japan has long been an important source of inspiration for Danish crafts and design.

Since it was founded, the museum has collected Japanese art as a source of inspiration for Danish arts and crafts. Influence from Japan visibly boosted to Danish handicrafts around 1900, and the fascination continued throughout the 20th century. Today the connection between Japanese and Danish design remains strong.

This exhibit runs for more than 2 years and culminates in 2017 with the celebration of 150 years diplomatic co-operation between Denmark and Japan. The celebration has been arranged in co-operation with the Japanese embassy.

Curating the exhibit is Dr.phil. Mirjam Gelfer-Jørgensen, the author of the book “Influences from Japan in Danish Art and Design 1870-2010”, on which the exhibit is based.

It includes more than 400 works, including some seldom seen or never seen by the public. Some of these works are part of the museum’s large book and picture collection.