Kuniyoshi's Imagination Symposium
Celebrating the Arthur R. Miller Collection of Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861)
26 — 27 March 2009
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Sakata Kaidō-maru wrestles with a giant carp, c. 1837. Colour woodblock, ōban, 37.8 x 26 cm
American Friends of the British Museum (The Arthur R. Miller Collection) 21215. Photo © Trustees of the British Museum, London
This two-day symposium held at the British Museum explores Kuniyoshi’s works, including his celebrated warrior prints, in relation to Japanese history and Edo popular culture.
Thursday 26 March
A chance to view the exhibition 'Kuniyoshi: From the Arthur R. Miller Collection' at the Royal Academy of Arts (admission charge).
Book exhibition tickets
Afternoon: Lectures on 'Kuniyoshi and History'
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum; 2–5.30pm
Welcome by Jan Stuart and Tim Clark
Kobayashi Tadashi: 'Kuniyoshi’s art and times'
Timon Screech: 'Kuniyoshi and European art'
Iwakiri Yuriko: 'Kuniyoshi’s warrior prints'
John Carpenter: 'Poetry and patronage of Kuniyoshi’s surimono'
Ellis Tinios: 'Kuniyoshi and China'
Friday 27 March
Afternoon: Lectures on 'Kuniyoshi and Edo Popular Culture'
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum; 2–5pm
Kinoshita Naoyuki: 'Kuniyoshi and the ‘misemono’ (public spectacles) at Asakusa'
Paul Griffith: 'Kuniyoshi and Kabuki stage trickery (keren)'
Rosina Buckland: 'Kuniyoshi’s cats'
Don Ed Hardy: 'Life in Pictures: Kuniyoshi and Tattooing'
Reynolds Room, Royal Academy; 6.30–7.30pm
'Three Perspectives on Kuniyoshi: Collector, Dealer, Curator'
Arthur R. Miller, Israel Goldman and Tim Clark in conversation.
Admission is free to the symposium events at the British Museum only; no pre-booking is necessary for these events.
Organised by The British Museum in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures.