Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14
March 21, 2023 (Tue) - May 14, 2023 (Sun)
This exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Vienna World’ s Fair in 1873. The fair was Japan’s first real opportunity to display its art and culture on a world stage. It was also an opportunity for Japan to study and acquire works of art, industrial samples, and documents in Europe.
But after the fair, a steamship carrying these resources, Le Nil, sank on the way from Vienna to Japan. This exhibition features some of the objects salvaged from Le Nil as well as related materials about the Vienna Wold’s Fair. Objects gifted to the Tokyo National Museum from overseas after the accident also shed light on the early days of the Museum’s international exchanges.