The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris to mark the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. This exhibition addresses various aspects of the modernization of Japan and the internationalization of artistic production through different artistic techniques. It includes, among other things, examples of silverware, cloisonné, photographs, textiles, paintings, bronzes and ceramics to illustrate the changes in society as a whole and in art in particular, highlighting great artists such as  Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin.

At the opening of the exhibition on the 16th of October, Professor Khalili said that this is the latest manifestation of a growing appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic in the West. Ever since the Collection’s first milestone 1994 exhibition Japanese Imperial Craftsmen: Meiji art from the Khalili Collection at the British Museum, the idea of Japonisme – the late 19th century European fascination for Japanese art and culture – has seen something of a revival. Having amassed, conserved, researched, published and exhibited the largest Meiji art collection outside of Japan, we at the Khalili Collections are proud and honoured to have played an important role in this revival.

Period: October 17, 2018 – January 14, 2019

The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris to mark the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. This exhibition addresses various aspects of the modernization of Japan and the internationalization of artistic production through different artistic techniques. It includes, among other things, examples of silverware, cloisonné, photographs, textiles, paintings, bronzes and ceramics to illustrate the changes in society as a whole and in art in particular, highlighting great artists such as  Kawanabe Kyosai and Shibata Zeshin. 

At the opening of the exhibition on the 16th of October, Professor Khalili said that this is the latest manifestation of a growing appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic in the West. Ever since the Collection’s first milestone 1994 exhibition Japanese Imperial Craftsmen: Meiji art from the Khalili Collection at the British Museum, the idea of Japonisme – the late 19th century European fascination for Japanese art and culture – has seen something of a revival. Having amassed, conserved, researched, published and exhibited the largest Meiji art collection outside of Japan, we at the Khalili Collections are proud and honoured to have played an important role in this revival.

Period: October 17, 2018 – January 14, 2019

Venue: Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet

To mark the end of the Islamic month of Dhu’l Hijjah, we are delighted to share with you our new short film: “Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage“.

We hope you find it enriching.

With best wishes
Professor Nasser D. Khalili
Founder, The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

Dearest Friends,
 
We are delighted to announce that on the 21st February at 8pm, Sky Arts (channel 122) will broadcast a documentary about Prof. Khalili’s journey as a collector. Titled The Art of Collecting, the film will highlight multiple objects from the Eight Khalili Collections as National Treasures.

We hope you enjoy watching it .


With Best wishes,
Professor Nasser D. Khalili
Founder, The Khalili Collections

National Trasures

BEYOND IMAGINATION Treasures of Imperial Japan from the Khalili Collection 19th to early 20th century.

This exhibition took place at the Kremlin Museums Moscow from 5 July – 1 October 2017 in the Exhibition halls of the Assumption Belfry and Patriarch’s Palace

In July 2017 the Moscow Kremlin Museums opened the exhibition presenting Japanese applied and decorative art of the 19th to early 20th century from the Khalili Collection. A variety of world famous Japanese kimono, unsurpassed samples of silk embroidery, porcelain, metal and enamel artworks in all its glory was on display. Most of them were created by craftsmen-official suppliers of the Japanese Imperial court.

About ninety exhibits has bern on show at the exhibition, one third of which are the kimonos of the Edo and Meiji periods, including the ceremonial ones. Created for women and men, young girls, children and even infants, these gorgeous kimonos were made of exclusive handmade silk produced in Japan and highly estimated imported fabrics. They are decorated with inimitable patterns typical for Japanese traditional art only, which are executed in techniques of batik, stencil and freehand painting, as well as finished with silk and metallic threads embroidery.

Unique combination of traditions and innovation characteristic for the Meiji period is clearly shown in works of eminent Japanese enamellists and metalsmiths, which has been also on display. Starting from 1873, Japan presented pieces of this type and level at both national industrial exhibitions in Tokyo and at international exhibitions in Austria, the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain and Belgium. Such masterpieces were also used as diplomatic gifts. High-class items were selected for this purpose, since the Japanese government considered development of cultural and economic ties with other states its priority.

Each piece picked for display at the Moscow Kremlin Museums reflects both its high-class execution specific to this very period, and exquisite refined taste of customers and creators.

Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition venue & opening night images

BEYOND IMAGINATION Treasures of Imperial Japan from the Khalili Collection 19th to early 20th century 5 July 2017 – 1 October 2017

The Moscow Kremlin Museums opened this exhibition presenting Japanese applied and decorative art of the 19th to early 20th century from The Khalili Collection. A variety of world famous Japanese kimono, unsurpassed samples of silk embroidery, porcelain, metal and enamel artworks in all its glory are on display. Most of them were created by craftsmen-official suppliers of the Japanese Imperial court.

About ninety exhibits on show at the exhibition, one third of which are the kimonos of the Edo and Meiji periods, including the ceremonial ones. Created for women and men, young girls, children and even infants, these gorgeous kimonos were made of exclusive handmade silk produced in Japan and highly estimated imported fabrics. They are decorated with inimitable patterns typical for Japanese traditional art only, which are executed in techniques of batik, stencil and freehand painting, as well as finished with silk and metallic threads embroidery.

Unique combination of traditions and innovation characteristic for the Meiji period is clearly shown in works of eminent Japanese enamellists and metalsmiths, which are also on display. Starting from 1873, Japan presented pieces of this type and level at both national industrial exhibitions in Tokyo and at international exhibitions in Austria, the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain and Belgium. Such masterpieces were also used as diplomatic gifts. High-class items were selected for this purpose, since the Japanese government considered development of cultural and economic ties with other states its priority.

Each piece picked for display at the Moscow Kremlin Museums reflects both its high-class execution specific to this very period, and exquisite refined taste of customers and creators.

SOAS Honorary Fellow Professor Nasser David Khalili PhD, KCSS, KCFO spoke on the preservation of history through art collecting at SOAS University of London on 7 December.

Professor Khalili is a world renowned scholar, collector, benefactor and philanthropist as well as a successful businessman. His collections, which consist of 35,000 items, include the arts of the Islamic World, Japanese art from the Meiji period, Swedish textiles, Spanish damascened metalwork and Enamels; each one being the largest in the world of its kind. There is a large series of publications accompanying these collections.