Japanese Art

from the Viktor and Marianne Langen Collection

September 28, 2014 - March 29, 2015

The collection of Japanese art belonging to Viktor (1909-1990) and Marianne Langen (1911-2004) goes back to the 1960s, when Viktor Langen’s interest was awoken during a business trip to Japan. Over the course of the ensuing decades the couple assembled a collection that was housed in a private museum in Ascona, Switzerland, until 2004. Featuring some 350 works, it provides insights into the rich variety of Japanese art from to 12th to the 20th century. Religious art, ink painting and narrative pictures make up the focus of the Langen Collection, from which the present representative selection of selected scroll paintings, sculpture and folding screens is taken.