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International Symposium "Exhibiting Japan: Renewal and Renovation of Japanese Art Galleries"


The renovation and renewal of galleries and other museum facilities both in Japan and abroad has been a major topic of conversation in recent years.
At this symposium, experts from museums in Japan and abroad will gather to discuss recent renovations of Japanese art galleries and the challenges they entail. The discussion will also encompass the questions of what an exhibition of Japanese art should achieve, whether it should present objects as artworks or cultural artifacts, and how these objects can be displayed for the public. The symposium will offer participants a rare opportunity to explore these questions and seek answers on an international scale.


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Day 1: Saturday, January 28
13:30 Introduction
13:45 Reports and Case Studies (With an intermission)
Cora Würmell (Porcelain Collection, Dresden, Germany)
”Displaying Japanese Porcelain from the Royal Collection of Augustus the Strong at the Porzellansammlung Dresden Today”
Martin Sollberger (Exhibition Designer, Head of Corporate Design, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Switzerland)
”Exhibiting Japan: Swiss Design for Japanese Art at the Rietberg Museum, Zürich”
Etsuko Iwanaga (Chief Curator, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan)
”Displaying Japanese Art, Alone or Together”
Laura Allen (Chief Curator and Curator of Japanese Art, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, USA)
”Renovating the Japanese Art Galleries at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco”
The order of the presentations may change without prior notice
17:45 Conclusion


Day 2: Sunday, January 29
10:00  Introduction
10:10  Presentations
Takeshi Noguchi (Chief Curator, Nezu Museum, Japan)
”The Rebuilding of the Nezu Museum and Current Activities"
Rachel Saunders (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums, USA)
”Philosophy in Practice: Japanese Art at the Harvard Art Museums”
Rupert Faulkner (Senior Curator, Japan, Asian Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK)
”The Victoria and Albert Museum’s Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art, Mark II”
Shigeki Iwata (Special Research Chair, Nara National Museum, Japan)
”Renovation of the Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall”
Alexander Hofmann (Curator, Arts of Japan, Museum of Asian Art, Berlin, Germany)
”The Galleries for the Arts of Japan at the Humboldt-Forum Berlin - A First View”
The order of the presentations may change without prior notice
15:00  Panel Discussion
Moderator: Hideaki Kunigo (Supervisor, Collections Management, Tokyo National Museum, Japan)
17:00  Conclusion
17:30-19:00 Reception

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January 28, 2017 (Sat) - January 29, 2017 (Sun)  
Saturday, January 28, 2017 (13:30-17:45); Registration begins at 13:00
Sunday, January 29, 2017 (10:00-17:15); Registration begins at 9:30
Free of charge; prior application required
Please note that we may not be able to accommodate your request if seating reaches capacity
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January 18, 2016
Organized by
The 2016 Curatorial Exchange Program for Japanese Art Specialists Abroad Planning Committee
E-mail: curatorialexchange*tnm.jp
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Tokyo National Museum Committee Office