Issue 21 Winter 2017

Dear Friends,  Welcome to the Winter 2017 edition of our e-magazine. In this edition, we cover the highlights from our autumn activities to research on dyes used to make ukiyo-e prints by one of our Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellows. We’re also delighted to feature the Ashmolean Museum and its Japanese art collection, exhibitions on […]

Japanese Art Exhibitions outside of Japan

Must see Japanese art exhibitions to catch over the winter break Welcome to the season of mince pies and mulled wine. The winter break brings much joy to hopefully include time to catch up on great art exhibitions. For Japanese art lovers, there are fantastic exhibitions during the holiday season. It might involve a bit […]

Research Highlights

From regional to global perspectives With chillier days upon us, autumn to winter is a season for art and culture, or so goes a Japanese saying. Autumn offers ample time for indoor activities and the Institute certainly benefitted from gaining a captive audience at our various events. The monthly Third Thursday Lectures are always popular throughout the […]

Museums with Japanese Art

Ashmolean Museum: The oldest public museum in Britain The Ashmolean Museum opened its doors to the public in 1683 as the first public museum in Britain and possibly the oldest museum in the world. The Ashmolean continues to be at the heart of intellectual pursuits in Oxford where its outstanding art and archaeological collections have […]

Fellows and their Research

Colors of Modernity: Synthetic Dyes and Changing Aesthetics of Japanese Woodblock Prints The history of synthetic dyes used in Japanese art is a truly exciting area for me. After obtaining my Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago, I received the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cultures of Conservation at the Bard […]

Treasures of the Library

Following on from my last e-magazine article, this article highlights further interesting details found in M Breton’s Le Japon, ou Moeurs, usages et costumes des habitans de cet empire (Japan: Customs and costumes of the inhabitants of this empire). Published in 1818 by A. Nepveu, this four volume set includes abundant illustrations to provide a glimpse into Japanese […]

Behind the Scenes

Reflections on 2017 and looking forward to 2018 In this edition of our e-magazine my colleague Kaz Morohashi writes about events and projects in which Sainsbury Institute was involved over the last three months. This is a new regular feature of the e-magazine that started from the last edition. We have always been eager to […]