New Perspectives on (the Presentation of) Japanese Art I

The Heinz Kaempfer Fund and the International Institute for Asian Studies are proud to present the first seminar of a biennial series of seminars on Japanese art. With the New Perspectives series we aim to demonstrate that the study of Japanese art is very much alive and part of a global discussion. We especially invite students and (young) scholars to participate in this event!

Like the manifold aspects of art itself, the study of art has always reflected the mood, issues and questions of its times. During the past few decades immense shifts and changes have taken place, not only within artistic explorations and processes, but also in the attitudes and outlooks of scholars, curators, critics, policymakers and those involved in the art market. Hitherto suppressed voices are heard, uncomfortable truths are revealed, long-cherished standpoints are abandoned, different gazes are followed into new directions. These developments also reverberate within the study of Japanese art and have repercussions for the way in which Japanese art is presented and displayed.

There is a vast amount of ground to break and with the present seminar, the first of a biennial series, we seek to contribute to the discourse.

Registration required

Everyone is welcome to attend. We kindly ask you to register, as seating is limited and we would like to know how many attendees we may expect.

Participation is free of charge. Coffee and tea will be provided during the day. Participants will have to organize their own lunch.

Please note that this is an IN PERSON event on location only. It will NOT be streamed or recorded.


10.00 Registration, coffee/tea
10.45 Word of welcome
11.00 Keynote speaker: Mariko Murata, Kansai University, Osaka
Museum Orientalism revisited: Can we truly deconstruct the exotic gaze?
11.45 Luke Gartlan, University of St Andrews

On the business and materials of nineteenth-century Japanese photography

12.30 Lunch break (to be arranged by yourself)
14.00 Daan Kok, Wereldmuseum Leiden

How to frame a scroll painting: Changing attitudes in museum practice

14.45 Mio Wakita, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
On vision and display: Arts and culture in Meiji Japan
15.30 Coffee/tea break
16.00 Minna Valjakka, University of Helsinki
Transcultural conjunctions: The politics of identifications in contemporary Japanese art
16.45 Closure
17.00 – 18.00 Drinks at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)

Meer informatie: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)