Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland




29th January – 18th April 2022 

Japan and modern art until today

From Hiroshige and Toulouse-Lautrec to de Carouge and Kawamata


Works by Toulouse-Lautrec, a necklace by Bernhard Schobinger, a self-portrait

by Oskar Schlemmer, an oil painting by Gustav Klimt, clothes by Christa de

Carouge – regardless of how different these works might be, they have one common

denominator: Japan.

This fascination for Japan is a phenomenon that is not limited by time or

place. Western artists have been increasingly interested in Japan since the middle

of the 19th century, both as part of their search for new visual and formal

languages, and in their endeavours to explore new philosophies of life. Western

art and culture as we know them would be almost inconceivable without these

Japanese influences.

The exhibition ‹Everything and Nothing› aims to trace these manifold references.

Selected works from the collection will be exhibited alongside historical Japanese

works from the Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St. Gallen to demonstrate

the exciting spectrum of influences that go far beyond mere ‘Japonism’.


Curated by Matthias Haldemann and Nina Schweizer

This exhibition is under the patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Switzerland.

January 19, 2022