Issue 07 May 2014

Dear Friends, supporters and Japanese arts and culture enthusiasts,  Welcome to the spring 2014 edition of our e-magazine. After a mild winter, spring came very quickly to Norwich. Our sake tasting event in early March was just in time to coincide with the last of the cherry blossoms in the Cathedral Close. In this edition, Sir Tim Lankester, who is an ardent supporter of the Institute and member of our Management Board, talks about the role of arts and culture in our lives and his vision for the Institute. Our Institute abroad section features an important exhibition that took place in Japan early this year on the so called ‘living […]

Letter from Our Fellow

John Szostak I was privileged to be selected as a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year, during which I researched the modern Japanese painter Tsuchida Bakusen (1887–1936) and the artists that formed the fellowship of the the Kokuga Society, an important exhibition collective founded in Kyoto in 1918. I had been working on this particular project for a while, but as a newly hired academic learning the ropes of teaching, advising, and administration, it was very difficult to make progress towards completing a book manuscript. I remember arriving in London in mid-summer four years ago, accompanied by my wife, Hiroko, and our then-8-year-old son, Kai. I […]

My Japan

Andi Sapey: From the Eyes of a Photographer Award winning photographer, Andi Sapey, has helped capture some of the most memorable moments at the Sainsbury Institute. A trusted eye behind the lens and a key asset to the Institute, we asked Andi his links to Japan and what compels him to visit the country over and over again. Photographs haven’t of course always been regarded as artworks. They have, however, always been treated as mementoes, their emotional significance often far outweighing the apparent contents of the picture. Like most people, I suppose this memento-making impulse was what first led me to peer through a camera’s viewfinder. I wanted to take […]

The Institute and Our Community

South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) The charm of Norwich is perhaps its rich history and heritage with a plentiful mix of world culture thrown in. South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC) nestled in the Norwich city centre is one of the firmly established art organizations that paint Norwich as one of England’s finest cultural cities. SADACC, founded in July 2010 by Philip and Jeannie Millward as a charity and become affiliated in 2012 to the University of East Anglia through the Sainsbury Institute for Art (SIfA), is an organization dedicated to conserving and promoting an interest in the arts, crafts and culture of South Asia […]

The Sainsbury Institute Abroad

Crafted Heritage: Celebrating 60 Years Of Traditional Craft Practice in Japan 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the annual Japanese Traditional Craft Association exhibitions. As part of the celebration a major exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum took place early this year from 15 January. The show featured works by all 104 artists and craftsmen designated by the Japanese government as ‘Living National Treasure’. In the special symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere joined Professor Donald Keene and others to delve deep into the relevance, prominence and uniqueness of traditional craft in the 21st century. Japan is known for their master craftsmen demonstrating skills at the […]

Treasures of the Library

Let me first draw your attention to the image below. While it is difficult from a computer screen to detect the subtle texture, colour and lustre, the textile sample shown here is a woven fabric rather than an embroidered piece. This is one of 15 textile samples in the Lisa Sainsbury Library holdings entitled ‘History of Textiles’ (Orimono no henyō) produced by Kawashima Textile Manufacturers Ltd. (present day Kawashima Selkon) in 2001. The 15 exquisite fragments are reproductions of rare Japanese cloths made between 7th to 18th century. The folding case containing the samples is jewel like in itself. With hand-written title strip reading ‘History of Textiles: Collection of 15 […]

Museums in Japan

Nezu Museum Nezu Museum is often described as the tranquil sanctuary reached through a bamboo passage just off of the bustling fashion district of Omotesandō. Regarded as one of the finest museums of Japanese and East Asian art, their collection boasts seven works designated as National Treasures. These, in addition to the 87 works designated as Important Cultural Properties and 94 Important Works of Art, join the vast collection amassed by Nezu Kaichirō I. The beautiful purpose built museum designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Kuma Kengo, resonates harmoniously with the tranquil and verdant ground it sits on, complete with Japanese gardens and four traditional tea houses. Nezu Museum attracts […]

Interview with Patrons

Sir Tim Lankester Sir Tim Lankester is a member of our Management Board. After a distinguished career with HM Treasury, the World Bank and IMF, and as Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher, Sir Tim re-entered the world of academia as Director of SOAS and then President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. As SOAS Director, he played a significant role in the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute. He is currently Chairman of the Council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and until recently he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of London Contemporary Dance. An economist by training, he […]