2018 has been an important year in French-Japanese relations. This is the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relationships between the countries and the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Period. This has led to an impressive array of Japanese themed exhibitions and showcases across Paris this year. The city has seen great art from ancient schools and contemporary masters. The culmination of this year-long celebration – and perhaps the “crowning” achievement – is the throne exhibited under the pyramid of the Musee du Louvre.
This striking piece of modern sculpture was designed by Kohei Nawa specifically for this Japonisms 2018 event. The throne shines brightly beneath one of Paris’s great feats of architecture to wow visitors. The good news for those looking to visit the city this winter is that the Throne will remain in place here until January 14th. There is no doubt that it will warm the hearts of viewers this season.