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Nishiki Kage-E – Magic Lantern Show – Talk and Performance

Nishiki Kage-E – Magic Lantern Show – Talk and Performance

Animated lantern shows in Japan, known as Nishiki Kage-E, are a traditional form of entertainment, which were popular in the Edo period. Now regarded to be the origin of Japanese animation, they feature exciting, beautiful and dream-like moving images projected by handheld lanterns, accompanied by music, sound effects and narration to bring the stories to […]

Inside Out: Artist talk by Hiroko Inoue

Inside Out: Artist talk by Hiroko Inoue

Hiroko Inoue is an interdisciplinary artist with a career spanning textiles, sculpture and photography. Often depicting perspectives of marginalised and less advantaged people, Inoue’s works have been shown around the world, including her collection Absence, which was presented in the Japan Foundation touring exhibition entitled Counter-Photography in 2005. Inoue’s solo exhibition Inside Out was a […]

Inside Out: Artist talk by Hiroko Inoue

Inside Out: Artist talk by Hiroko Inoue

Hiroko Inoue is an interdisciplinary artist with a career spanning textiles, sculpture and photography. Often depicting perspectives of marginalised and less advantaged people, Inoue’s works have been shown around the world, including her collection Absence, which was presented in the Japan Foundation touring exhibition entitled Counter-Photography in 2005. Inoue’s solo exhibition Inside Out was a […]

‘World Relevance’: Why Japanese Post-War Art Matters – Talk by Ming Tiampo

‘World Relevance’: Why Japanese Post-War Art Matters – Talk by Ming Tiampo

In 1952, art critic Shuzo Takiguchi declared that Japanese artists should seek ‘world relevance’ with their work, encouraging an entire generation of artists to reject nationalism and engage in cultural dialogues of an international scope. Takiguchi’s comments were exemplary of a handful of post-war cultural leaders, including Gutai leader Jiro Yoshihara, who sought to create […]

Ambiguous Thought: Artist talk by Koki Tanaka

Ambiguous Thought: Artist talk by Koki Tanaka

Koki Tanaka is one of Japan’s most highly-acclaimed artists from the younger generation. Having gained renown for his early video work Everything is Everything, Tanaka employs a variety of techniques in creating his works, spanning from video, photography, site-specific installation through to interventional projects. His diverse approach to art was illustrated in his exhibition Abstract […]

Intervening in Nature and Society: History of the ‘Art Project’ in Japan, 1955-2013 – Talk by Kenji Kajiya

Intervening in Nature and Society: History of the ‘Art Project’ in Japan, 1955-2013 – Talk by Kenji Kajiya

The first decade of the 21st century saw the expansion of non-museum-based exhibitions in Japan. Ranging from art initiatives run by artists to large-scale festivals in the countryside, they are often called ‘art projects’ to highlight the process of making artworks and exhibitions and the temporariness of their installations and venues. As we see the […]

A Short Introduction to R. H. Blyth – Professor Kuniyoshi Ueda

A Short Introduction to R. H. Blyth – Professor Kuniyoshi Ueda

The Japan Society and the Japan Foundation are delighted to welcome Professor Kuniyoshi Ueda to discuss the life and work of R.H. Blyth. Blyth is best known for introducing Japanese haiku (Haiku, 4 Vols. and History of Haiku, 2 Vols.) and Zen to the West. Born in Essex in 1898, he served time as a […]

Book Launch and Talk – ZEN LANDSCAPES: Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics

Book Launch and Talk – ZEN LANDSCAPES: Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics

The Japan Foundation is delighted to present this special book launch of ‘ZEN LANDSCAPES: Perspectives on Japanese Gardens and Ceramics’ – the first in-depth study in the West to examine the correspondences between Japanese gardens and ceramics. The evening will feature a talk from the book’s author, Allen S. Weiss (New York University), who will […]

London United Korean Fan Club

London United Japanese Fan Club