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Japan's opening to the Western world in 1854 led to a major shift in the fine arts. The impressed Europeans and Americans discovered a variety of art for which they could not find equivalents, neither for the topics nor for the techniques of decorative art. Even though the influence of Japan's culture on the art of impressionism and Art Nouveau has been thoroughly researched, so far no comprehensive study focused on the specific aspect of wallpapers.
- Until to 16 March 2014 "Zoomer / Dézoomer, motifs et matières dans le papier peint du 18e siècle à nos jours". ( Zoom in/out, patterns and imitations of materials in the wallpaper since the 18th century )
Wallpaper enjoys a revival in contemporary interior decoration. The rendering of materials, trompe-l'oeil, and visual games are sometimes impressive. But although the technical achievements are advanced, these illusion effects are not new : they have been recurring in the history of wallpaper ever since its invention. The exhibition presents ancient wallpapers facing present ones, it shows the technical progress but also the similarity of effects. Visitors are invited to use binoculars in order to zoom on wallpaper details. Attracted by a wall covered with embossed leather, skin, velvet or marble, we must get closer to discover that these textures were simulated. Zooming allows to understand how the effect was created. An other section of the exhibition deals with the conception of wallpaper patterns which must take into account the specific restraints of the medium as well as the evolution of taste. It aims to show the creative process from the choice of the subject to the composition of the pattern's basic module. Since the eighteenth century, wallpaper designers are conscious that the repetition of patterns is an integral part of the design effect.
Lots of contemporary artists are interested in possibilities offered by pattern repetition and material effects in wallpaper. This exhibition presents a room covered by three "Papiers dominotés" by Charles Kalt (born in 1956). Ten students of the Haute école des arts du Rhin worked on this exhibition theme and their imaginative proposals are ending the tour.
- 22 March 2013 - 30 April 2014 : "Japonismes : the Empire of the Rising sun on wallpapers from 1860 until today ".