The British Museum has been collecting artworks made by Japanese Living National Treasures since 2007, but what is a Living National treasure and why are they so important to Japanese Cultural Heritage? In this film Nicole Rousmaniere, research director of SISJAC and Hayashida Hideki of the Japan Kōgei Association talk all about the Living National treasures programme and highlight some of the most beautiful pieces of Japanese craftsmanship collected by the Museum. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI.
Translating Captain Tsubasa into Arabic IPosted on: 18 7月, 2019
Obada Kassoumah talks explains the challenges and triumphs of translating sports manga Captain Tsubasa into his native Arabic. Featuring a pirated Arabic version of a beloved Japanese anime and the sound of someone knocking the door. Content warning: 1980s graphics Double content warning: drunk football coach
Manga Theatre Curtain IPosted on: 11 7月, 2019
This striking modern-looking 17 metre long theatre curtain was painted on the 30 June 1880 by artist Kawanabe Kyōsai. It was painted in one 4 hour long session when the artist was drunk. The Citi exhibition Manga 23 May – 26 August 2019 Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo
Manga Exhibition curator tour!: British Museum Facebook LivePosted on: 4 7月, 2019
Manga Exhibition curator tour! Professor Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere went live on the British Museum’s Facebook page on 4th July 2019 and gave an exclusive tour of the Manga Exhibition.
Welcome to the world of Manga!Posted on:
Curator Nicole Rousmaniere loves manga A LOT! In this short intro to the Citi exhibition Manga she speaks about what is so special about the show and shares some of her favourite manga. The Citi exhibition Manga 23 May – 26 August 2019 Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo Music: Artist: Lee Rosevere Title: Tech Toys Album: Music For Podcasts
Unboxing Saint Oniisan Vol. 13 聖☆おにいさん I Curator’s Corner +Posted on: 21 5月, 2019
Jesus and Buddha are back in Vol 13 of Saint Oniisan. Join Nicole for this exciting unboxing event! Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.
Jesus and Buddha do Christmas in Tokyo I Christmas Curator’s CornerPosted on: 17 12月, 2018
How does Jesus spend his birthday? According to manga artist Hikaru Nakamura, being deeply jealous of Santa Claus, arguing with patisserie staff and confessing to a priest. Find out more in this special festive edition of Curator’s Corner with Nicole Rousmaniere.
Manga at the Museum 博物館の漫画 I Curator’s Corner season 4 episode 7Posted on: 3 12月, 2018
Nicole Rousmaniere follows on from her episode on Japanese manhole covers with a short discussion on some of the Manga collected by the British Museum. The Citi exhibition ‘Manga マンガ’ opens 23 May 2019. Supported by Citi Logistics partner IAG Cargo
Making beauty: Onishi IsaoPosted on: 18 10月, 2018
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Onishi Isao makes exquisitely beautiful wooden lacquer trays, bowls and plates. Each item takes one full year to create. He painstakingly shapes the raw wood, paints on hundreds of paper-thin layers of lacquer and polishes the pieces to a high shine. Every object is imbued with a vitality that belies its simplistic form. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI.
Making beauty: Suda KenjiPosted on: 4 10月, 2018
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Using the traditional Japanese techniques of ‘sashimono’ and ‘kogei’, Suda Kenji creates artworks which are perfectly functioning miniatures of everyday objects that are almost startling in their beautiful perfection. This film series has been produced with the support of JTI.
Making beauty: Mori JunkoPosted on: 7 12月, 2017
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Mori Junko employs traditional Japanese metalworking techniques including hand-forging steel with thousands of individually hand-cut nails crafted together to create compelling sculptural forms. Her signature piece is now in the Museum’s Japanese collection. She takes inspiration from the world around her and uses her imagination to turn metal into organic sculptural forms. She initially worked as a welding assistant in Toma steel factory. In 1998 she came to the UK and enrolled in a silversmithing and metalworking degree at Camberwell College of Art. Now based in the Llyn Peninsula, Wales, she is a transnational artist whose work graphically demonstrates […]
Making beauty: Hosono HitomiPosted on: 30 11月, 2017
This series celebrates the work of living Japanese artists and craftspeople. Hosono Hitomi makes extraordinary, beautiful ceramic works and her ‘Large Feather Leaves Bowl’ is a highlight of the Museum’s Japanese collection. She painstakingly attached 1,000 individual leaves, the entire process taking one year to complete. The leaves appear to be gently rustling in the wind. The film captures the process of creation and Hitomi describes how she draws on memories of her mother’s garden and family rice fields in Tajimi, Gifu Prefecture, as well as her knowledge of nature in London, where she now lives. Hitomi graduated from Kanazawa College of Art, going on to study at the Royal […]
Why you should love Japanese manhole coversPosted on: 6 2月, 2017
While walking through the streets of Nagaoka in Japan, Curator Nicole Rousmaniere noticed she was standing on a prehistoric Japanese pot…well, a representation of one of these pots. ‘Dezain manhōru’ are designed manhole covers, and Nicole has recently acquired one for the British Museum’s collection.
Jomon Pot A History of the World in 100 Objects After the Ice Age: Food and Sex (9000 – 3500 BC)
Simon Kaner (Assistant Director, Sainsbury Institute; Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia) was on BBC Radio 4 on 29 January as a part of the series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects.’ He discussed the bottom part of a Jomon pot that was subsequently used as a mizusashi (water container) in the tea ceremony with Neil McGregor (Director, British Museum) and Doi Takashi (Agency for Cultural Affairs). The pot is now in the British Museum collections.