Installation view at Prada Ayoama Epicenter, 2003
30 Aug – 31 Oct 2003

Organized by the Fondazione Prada in collaboration with Teatro alla Scala, the exhibition is devoted to Japanese artist Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita (Edogawa, Tokyo, 1886 – Zurich, 1968), who moved to Paris in 1913, where he spent much of the rest of his life, earning the epithet ‘the most Parisian of the Japanese painters’.

A friend of other famous expatriate artists, such as Chaïm Soutine, Marc Chagall and Amedeo Modigliani, from 1920s Foujita developed his own personal style in which he blended western elements with features of Japanese art, becoming well-known for his nudes and compositions combining still-life and figures. His works are to be found in the collections of many of the world’s leading museums, including the British Museum in London, the Musée National d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Curated by Vittoria Crespi Morbio and housed in the Prada Aoyama Epicenter, the exhibition pays tribute to Foujita’s work for the theatre, and in particular the celebrated production of Madama Butterfly of 1951, for which Foujita realized not only the costume drawings and set designs, but also choose the colors of the fabrics for the costumes.

Venue of the exhibition: Prada Aoyama Epicenter, Tokyo