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Crosscurrents of Courtly Exchange

A conference related to the exhibition Japan: Courts and Culture

YOSHIO MARKINO (1870-1956). Buckingham Palace, London, seen across Green Park c. 1911. Colour woodcut. RCIN 702798. Royal Collection Trust /© His Majesty King Charles III

We are delighted to announce that tickets for the conference Crosscurrents of Courtly Exchange, which will take place on Tuesday 14th – Wednesday 15th February, are available now for purchase from Royal Collection Trust’s website.

Organised by Royal Collection Trust in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute, the event will give attendees a unique experience that spans multiple venues and provides a deeper exploration of the themes of the exhibition. Focussing on themes of courtly gift-giving and cultural diplomacy, this two-day international conference examines exchanges between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families from 1600 to the present.

On Monday 13th February, attendees will have the chance to visit the exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery during a private view and accompanied by an evening reception. Proceedings on the following day, Tuesday 14th February, will then move to Windsor Castle where curator of the exhibition, Rachel Peat, will deliver opening remarks followed by a private tour of Japanese material in the State Apartments. A sandwich lunch will be provided followed by a series of talks from specialists:

  • Dr Mary Redfern: ‘Assembled for Dinner: (Re)Constructing the Imperial Banquet for Prince Albert Victor and Prince George’
  • Dr Rosina Buckland: ‘Sending images of Japan abroad: Folding screen paintings as diplomatic gifts’
  • Professor Antony Best: ‘Anglo-Japanese Court Relations in the Twentieth Century’

For the second day of the conference, Living National Treasure and urushi artist, Murose Kazumi, will discuss the urushi lacquerware items in the Royal Collection. Talks will then be given by:

  • Despina Zernioti CMG: ‘The creation of a national Museum of Asian Art in the Palace of St Michael and St George, Corfu’
  • Professor Nicole Rousmaniere: ‘Vessels of influence: ceramics in the Royal Collection’
  • Professor Arakawa Masa’aki: ‘Historic Japanese ceramic collections in western Europe, focusing on the Kakiemon style’

For full details of the event and additional associated activities with the conference, the full programme is available in both English and Japanese on Royal Collection Trust’s website, along with speaker biographies and abstracts.

Online only tickets are also available for anyone who is unable to attend the conference in person.

For more information and to book your place, visit Royal Collection Trust’s website.

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