Mondadori Store celebrates 150 years of relations between Japan and Italy with “Splendido Sol Levante”

An exhibition and calendar of events with leading authors, Japan Talks and illustration lessons, from the Mondadori Megastore in Piazza Duomo in Milan to other big Italian cities

Mondadori Store celebra i 150 anni di relazioni tra Giappone e Italia con Splendido Sol Levante

To mark the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy, Mondadori Store presents “Splendido Sol Levante”, a project involving artists, writers and experts in a rich series of events aimed at helping the public to discover the culture of Japan.

From the pop art of Tomoko Nagao, to the quarters of Tokyo protagonists of the novel by Mario Vattani;  and from lessons in manga illustration to the sake ritual and the Zen philosophy, the cities, food, art of contemporary and traditional Japan will feature in a cycle of events to be held at the Mondadori Megastore in Piazza Duomo in Milano and other big Italian cities, from 22 September to 31 October, with the support of the Italy-Japan Foundation (Fondazione Italia Giappone).

In addition, for the whole month of October, 70 Mondadori stores across the country will dedicated to the Land of the Rising Sun a selection of books, with an offer ranging from bestsellers to niche titles.

Among the many events on the calendar the opening of a one-man show by the Japanese artist Tomoko Nagao The new wave of Tomoko, ONDA POP, curated by Christian Gangitano, in collaboration with the Deodato Arte gallery will take place on Tuesday 4 October, at 7 pm, at the Mondadori Megastore in Piazza Duomo in Milano.

Born in Nagoya in 1976, Tomoko Nagao is the heir of the great Nara Yoshitomo and Takashi Murakami, founders and theorists of the Superflat style, and has gone on to develop his own particular artistic language that explores, cites and re-interprets classical art in a contemporary vein. Hi is now considered the leading exponent of MicroPop and Superflat in Italy, where he currently lives. ONDA POP is also a homage to the historic work of Hokusai, the subject of an important exhibition currently running at the Palazzo Reale in Milan “Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro. Luoghi e volti del Giappone” (“Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro. Places and faces of Japan“).

The Tomoko Nagao exhibition will be open to the public until Sunday 6 November as part of the, “St-Art: artist of the months. The masters of yesterday and tomorrow on show” cycle, a cultural project conceived and promoted by Mondadori Store.

For a complete programme of  “Splendido Sol Levante” please click below: