Re-inventing Japan at the V&A: Toshiba Gallery Mark II

9月15日2016年 | 6 PM

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry
Norwich NR1 4DH

Rupert Faulkner
V&A Museum

About the Lecture

This illustrated talk will discuss the recent refurbishment of the V&A’s Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art, which originally opened in December 1986.

The refurbishment was made possible thanks to funding received from the Toshiba Corporation as part of the extension of its naming of the gallery until 2021. The basic design of the gallery remains unchanged, the display cases and overhead wooden structure inspired by Japanese architecture being the same as when the gallery first opened. The main changes have been to the interiors of the cases, for example the replacement of textile-clad base-boards and back-panels with powder-coated steel and, most noticeably, the introduction of state-of-the-art LED lighting. Improved labelling and the introduction of blue section panels with clearly visible section titles have made the gallery far more readable than it used to be. The opportunity was also taken to review the contents of the gallery, including the reversal of the chronological drift from north-to-south to south-to-north. In keeping with the findings obtained through audience research, a greatly expanded area of the gallery has been devoted to the modern and contemporary.

No longer just the studio crafts that featured in the gallery’s previous incarnation, the displays now include photography, fashion, street-style, electronics, furniture and product design, with a Hello Kitty rice-cooker having quickly established itself as the most photographed object in the gallery.

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Admission free. All welcome. Places are limited and booking is essential.

About the Speaker

Rupert Faulkner is Senior Curator, Japan, in the V&A’s Asian Department. He joined the Museum in 1984 and was involved in preparations leading to the opening of the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art in December 1986. He is responsible for the V&A’s collections of woodblock prints, Japanese ceramics and – an area in which he has been especially active – contemporary Japanese crafts. He was lead curator for the refurbishment and redisplay of the Toshiba Gallery, which re-opened to the public on 4 November 2015.

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About the Third Thursday Lecture Series

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.

The lecture are normally held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.
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Future Lectures

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Founding Director and Research Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
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17 November 2016 | Masumi Yamanaka
Botanical artist, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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