This week we are joined by Professor Nicole Rousmaniere, Research Director at the Sainsbury Institute and Professor of Japanese Arts at UEA, to discuss ‘Exhibiting Japan’. Nicole has curated multiple exhibits at the British Museum including their permanent Mitsubishi Gallery as well as temporary exhibits such as the Manga Exhibit and Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan exhibit. As we gear up to a summer of Japan-related exhibits at the Sainsbury Centre, this episode explores the challenges of presenting another nation’s culture, both ethical and practical.
For more details on Nicole’s Accidental Translator lecture
Japanese time periods mentioned:
Jōmon period: 14,000 – 300 BCE
Kofun period: 300 – 538 AD
Edo period: 1603 – 1867 AD
Meiji period: 1868 – 1912 AD
Glossary (in order of appearance):
Kōgei (工芸): Traditional Japanese crafts.
Netsuke (根付): Miniature sculptures originally used as button fasteners dating back to the Edo period.
Orientalism: A term coined by Edward Said in 1978 which refers to the patronising attitude of the West towards Middle Eastern, Asian and North African communities.
Japonisme: A period of popularity and influence of Japanese art and design among a number of Western European artists in the nineteenth century at the start of the Meiji period.