East meets West in this unique exhibition, which explores the influence of Japanese art on the development of modern décor at the turn of the twentieth century.
For the first time in the Middle East, discover masterpieces from a pioneering group of post-impressionist artists, alongside the prints of the Japanese masters Hiroshige and Hokusai, which inspired them. Presented by Musée d’Orsay.

Following the opening up of Japan to the West in the 1850s, artists, designers and makers across Europe became gripped by a new fashion for ‘Japonisme’. The exhibition focuses on a pioneering group of Parisian artists who had deep admiration for Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin’s innovative art.

On display are beautiful landscapes by the great Japanese masters Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai side by side with dream-like paintings and interior decors by the likes of Pierre Bonnard, Odilon Redon, and Édouard Vuillard.

Many of these incredible works have never left France before. Louvre Abu Dhabi brings them together to highlight the importance of cross-cultural influence in the development of the decorative arts.

Admission is included with your museum general admission ticket.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Club Members visit for free.


Exhibition Tour
Daily | 3pm
Price Per Person: AED 52.50
Reduced Price*: AED 31.50

Multimedia Guides are available in English, Arabic and French
Price Per Guide: AED 21.00

For Younger Visitors
Family workshop – Folded Stories (ages 6+)
Fridays from 6 Sep – 24 Nov 2018 |11am – 12.30pm

Create a miniature screen based on the works by Sérusier and Bonnard. Explore the fascinating
techniques of story-telling that can be used on a screen, including the use of a motif on a frieze,
the continuity of a landscape and the interruption of perspective.
Price Per Person: AED 52.50
Reduced Price: AED 31.50

Activity Booklet
Pick up a complimentary Family Activity Booklet, developed to help families explore the exhibition.
This fun booklet features activities for you and your children to complete together, both at the
museum and at home.

Japanese Connections: The Birth of Modern Décor


Exhibition programme

Opening week-end / Kharsha Drums Performance
Thu 6 – Sat 8 Sep 2018 | 4pm, 6pm, 7pm

Enjoy a unique cultural fusion between East and West, with traditional Japanese wadaiko percussion played by Japanese and Emirati musicians.
Founded by Yotaro Matsutani and Taryam Mohamed Alkatheeri, this unique sound ensemble, which includes the Japanese drumming band Sai, offers an unparalleled experience not to be missed.

Location: Under the dome
Entry included with Museum Admission Fee.

Lecture: Brigitte Koyama-Richard: 1000 Years of Manga

Wed 17 Oct 2018 | 7pm

For the first time in the UAE, join Brigitte Koyama-Richard, Author and Professor at Musashi University Tokyo, as she discusses the centuries-old Japanese artistic traditions which gave birth to the Manga phenomenon, and the factors that continue to shape it today.

Language: French (Arabic & English simultaneous translations)
Location: Auditorium
Admission to the talk is free.

Films screenings

Unmissable cinema selections, curated by Hind Mezaina

Director: Fiona Tan
Sat 13 Oct 2018 | 5pm
2016 | English & Japanese | Art Film | 80 mins | 15+**

Using dazzling still images of Mount Fuji from the past 150 years, this art film takes the viewer on a spectacular climb over the mountain, across geographical, temporal and cultural divides.

The Magnificent Seven
Director: John Sturges
Sat 20 Oct 2018 | 5pm
1960 | English | Western | 126 min | 15+**

A masterful American remake of the original Seven Samurai - one of Japan’s finest films by one of its greatest filmmakers, Akira Kurosawa.

Admission to each screening is free. **Refer to Film Ratings Guide.

Big in Japan Weekend - 25 – 27 Oct 2018

Join us for a weekend of engaging performances, film screenings, workshops and more, inspired by Japanese aesthetic and culture.

The Turntable Symphonograph Orchestra
Thu 25 and Fri 26 Oct 2018 | 8pm

Enjoy a performance by the first musical ensemble to use turntables and mixers as their instruments of choice.
The exciting Japanese Turntable Orchestra, featuring Japan's finest DJs and DMC Championship winners, reconstructs classical music by spinning vinyl records with a variety of musical techniques.
Price per person: AED 105 (Including VAT)

ARTogether: Schools' Street Art Project with Myneandyours

Fri 26 and Sat 27 Oct 2018

Celebrate the first time collaboration between Abu Dhabi schools and renowned street artist, Myneandyours, as they add the final strokes to their murals.
Location: Studios 1 & 2

Spoken Word – Afra Atiq
Fri 26 Oct 2018 | 3pm and 6pm

This poignant poem takes its inspiration from the contrasting colours of the Japanese Connections' artworks and creates a concoction of word play, language and pace.
Afra Atiq’s mesmerising and award-winning oratory performances are thought provoking and admirable.
Location: Exhibitions Hall

Entry included with Museum Admission Fee.

Anime Film Screenings

Japanese animation has influenced every aspect of the entertainment world. Discover why by watching several fascinating examples, carefully chosen by Hind Mezaina, from Japanese animation fantasy to Emirati superheroes.

Followed by a discussion with Hind Mezaina
Director: Fatima Al Muhairi
Fri 26 Oct 2018 | 2pm
2018 | Arabic (English subtitles) Animation, Action | 50 min | PG13**

Big Hero 6
Director: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Sat 27 Oct 2018 | 3pm
2014 | English | Animation, Adventure | 102 min | PG13**

The Tale of Princess Kaguya 
Director: Isao Takahata
Sat 27 Oct 2018 | 6pm
2015 | English | Animation, Drama | 137 min | PG13**

Location: Auditorium. Admission to each screening is free.

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