Cubism in Japan: Picasso's Impact

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Tracing the Japanese history of the seminal early-20th-century art movement most famously represented by Picasso and Georges Braque, the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama shines the spotlight on how Cubism was first taken up by painters like Tetsugoro Yorozu and Seiji Togo in the 1910s and '20s. However, these early adoptions had little impact on the Japanese art world as a whole, and Cubism was largely forgotten – that is, until 'Guernica' (1937) and an extensive Picasso retrospective in 1951 asked questions of, respectively, wartime and postwar society. Centred around these memorable developments, 'Picasso's Impact' consists of around 160 pieces by the Málaga-born master himself, Braque and many Japanese artists influenced by Cubism, and offers a comprehensive look at the movement's impact on 20th-century Japanese art as a whole.

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