Respect, Curiosity and Taboo – Differing Visual Expressions of the Meiji Emperor
Third Thursday Lectures
Thursday 15 Feb 2018 | 6 PM
Norwich Cathedral Hostry
Norwich NR1 4DH
Dr Shioya Jun
Head of the Modern/Contemporary Art Section, Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tobunken)
About the Lecture
From ancient times in Japan, it was considered a taboo to create portraits of aristocrats during their lifetime. However, with the start of the Meiji Restoration in 1868, portraits of the Emperor were needed to confirm his role not only as the imperial head but also as the force behind Japan as a modern nation state. The portraits of the Meiji Emperor created during this period are called “goshinei” (“sacred image”) and became an object of veneration. At the same time, they also became an object of curiosity amongst the public and were widely disseminated. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the portrait’s public popularity was measured so as to not threaten the Emperor’s sacredness. In fact, caricaturing or satirising the Emperor was a criminal offence under defamation and left little room for circulation of imagery of the Emperor that was remotely considered disrespectful.
About the Speaker
Shioya Jun is Head of Modern/Contemporary Art Section, Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems at the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Tobunken), where he has worked since 1998. Prior to joining Tobunken, he worked as a curator at Yamatane Museum of Art in Tokyo. He is a specialist in history of modern Japanese art with a particular interest in nihonga. He has edited a series of scholarly publications including Yokoyama Taikan: Mountain Path, volume six of Artwork Archive for Art Studies series (Yokoyama Taikan Bijutsu Kenkyū Sakuhin Shiryō Dai 6-satsu, 2014). His most recent co-authored publication is Creating the Image of a Modern Imperial Family, The Meiji and Taisho Periods, volume six of Art History of the Imperial Court series (Tennō no Bijutsushi 6, Kindai Kōshitsu Imeeji no Sōshutsu, Meiji-Taishō Jidai) (2017), for which he won the Ringa Art Encouragement Prize.
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About the Third Thursday Lecture Series
The Third Thursday Lectures hosted by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures are on a range of topics 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.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book your seat, please go to the booking form or email the Sainsbury Institute
The lecture will be held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH.
Future Third Thursday Lectures
15 March 2018 – Professor Adrian Favell, University of Leeds
After the Tsunami: Japanese Contemporary Art Since 2011
The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.
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