The show takes a look at the influence that Japanese iconography has had upon everything from pop culture to traditional Japanese art to contemporary art. From the glittery, neon- filled, chaotic chic of the Tokyo vibe to its subdued Zen minimalist, hyperindustrial architecture and design, the Japanese vision and creative nuances have quietly infiltrated the eyes of western artists and design aficionados throughout the world.
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It is impossible to overstate the importance of the influence of Japanese art upon the arts of the West. Samuel Bing, one of the most important individuals in the history of Japonisme, sums it up best in his introductory article to the first issue of Le Japon artistique, dated May 1888: 'This art is permanently bound together with ours. It is like a drop of blood that has been mingled with our blood, and now no power on earth is able to separate it again.'