Tuesday, 13th October 2009, 6.30pm
Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square,
London, WC1B 5EH Free (booking required)
Japanese fans, often renowned for their exquisite beauty, are made of paper on a bamboo frame, usually with a design painted on them. Apart from the obvious function of fanning oneself, they are also used in a number of Japanese cultural practices, such as for Kabuki dance and in Noh performance. Japanese fans have, in the past, been a major export from Japan, and continue to have an appeal for connoisseurs around the world. However, this accessory to Japanese culture and society can sometimes be overlooked.
He will also explain the process of Japanese fan making and its craftsmanship, which have been passed down from generation to generation.
This lecture is a rare opportunity, providing a practical and rounded understanding of the world of Japanese fans which may not be grasped from behind a museum display case.
This event is free to attend but places are limited. To reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name and the title of the event you would like to attend.
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From Friday 13 October 2006
The Japanese collections at the British Museum are the most comprehensive in Europe. Totalling some 30,000 objects, they comprise fine and decorative arts, antiquities, ethnographic and historical materials dating from ancient prehistory to the present day. Embodying the dynamic relationships between art, artefact and history, these fascinating collections tell many of the significant stories in the unfolding of the country’s past, encouraging us to enjoy a deeper engagement with its present and future.
The refurbishment of the galleries has provided a chance to re-think the presentation of objects, and the techniques used to interpret them. Japan from Prehistory to the Present is a sequence of significant stories told by remarkable objects which are explored from many angles. From Ancient Japan (before 1200) through Medieval Japan (1200-1600) and Edo Japan (1600-1868) to Modern Japan (1853 to present), the galleries provide a chronological journey of the development of this intriguing nation. Works sensitive to light, particularly the paintings and colour prints, will be regularly rotated.
The refurbished Japanese galleries now give visitors the unique opportunity to see Japan’s history reconnected with East Asia and the wider world, and to marvel at continuities within thousands of years of tradition, as the country heads towards the future.
Monthly public presentations of ‘The Way of Tea’ by the Urasenke Foundation, using the traditional teahouse will also be held inside the Japanese Galleries.
Daily from 13 October 2006, 10.00-17.30. Open late Thursdays and Fridays until 20.30
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square
Telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8000
Discovering Japan from prehistory to the present. Enjoy an exclusive tour with the curator of the British Museum’s Japanese galleries, Tim Clark on Thursday, 26th October at 6.00 p.m. This is your chance to have an inside view into the most comprehensive Japanese collections in Europe.
FREE ADMISSION. Please reply to the JS Office, or email:email@example.com
Please book early to secure your place at this event as places are limited to 30.