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Modern traditions: A Japanese art history

Weekend art history course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 7 May 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 8 May 2022, 10am — 5pm
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Part of our

Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection

events programme
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Kawanabe Kyōsai, Hell Courtesan (Jigoku–dayū), Dancing Ikkyū and Skeletons, 1871–89 (detail).

Hanging scroll: ink, colour and gold on silk. 137.1 × 69.3 cm. Israel Goldman Collection, London. Photo: Ken Adlard.

Join us for a weekend course exploring the history of art and making in Japan, inspired by our exhibition ‘Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection’.

The Japanese term ‘bijutsu’ – a translation of our Western term ‘art’ – did not appear until the late 19th century. At this point other terms were coined too; ‘kaiga’ (painting), ‘chōkoku’ (sculpture), ‘kōgei’ (craft) and ‘kenchiku’ (architecture) – as well as ‘sho’ (calligraphy), an artform typically neglected by the West.

This weekend-long art history and theory course will explore Japan’s aesthetic history, from the early influences of China and Korea, to the longstanding creative impact of Buddhism on the Japanese way of life. Expert tutors will guide participants through the complex histories of alternative art forms such as manga, ceramics, ink painting and Japanese gardens, as well as exploring the decorative arts and their journey into Western culture.

The weekend will include an exclusive visit to the exhibition Kyōsai: The Israel Goldman Collection as well as a talk by the President of the Royal Academy, Rebecca Salter, on Japanese printmaking methods.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 7 May 2022, 10am — 5pm
  • 8 May 2022, 10am — 5pm

Wolfson British Academy Room, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts