On 4th of July 2017, 'Beyond Imagination: Treasures of Imperial Japan from the Khalili Collection, 19th to early 20th century' Exhibition Opening ceremony took place in the exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry. The Moscow Kremlin Museums presents items from a unique collectionfounded in the 1970s by a world-famous British scientist, collector and philanthropist Professor Nasser David Khalili. The objects of amazing beauty are not only shown in Russia for the first time, but also have never been introduced to wide audience before.
Among the participants of the ceremony were Director General of the Moscow Kremlin Museums Elena Gagarina, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, Head of Division on Russian-Japanese political affairs of the Third Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexander Ilyshev-Vvedensky and the owner of the collection, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Professor Nasser David Khalili.
The deputy prime minister described the display as fascinating. 'To fell in love and to understand art of another nation means to pave the way for other people’s hearts. We are grateful to people like Mr. Khalili for they help different nations to understand, respect and love each other,' Olga Golodets said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.
Visitors have a chance to see around 90 pieces. Most of them are spectacular examples of traditional Japanese style and metalwork techniques used for the creation of new types of goods. Their design was targeted for both domestic and foreign markets. No less significant and widely introduced in the Khalili Collection are the works of Japanese enamellers who were ranked among the world's best. Enamel art flourished during the Meiji period. While enriching oneself with technological innovations, it maintained traditionally high performance and unparalleled attention to detail. On display are decorative compositions and interior design items, including diverse vases, incense burners, panels, trays and boxes. Most of these pieces were produced for the Imperial family or were custom-made for major commercial firms. This subject, which is high-priority for Professor Khalili, has never before been represented in Russia from such perspective.
The exposition is housed in the exhibition halls of the Patriarch's Palace and the Assumption Belfry. The show runs till 1 October 2017.