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1910: Japan-British exhibition and the art of Britain and Japan

Watanabe, Toshio (2010) 1910: Japan-British exhibition and the art of Britain and Japan. In: , 30th October 2010, International House, Tokyo. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Watanabe, Toshio

This paper will give firstly a short overview of the position of Japanese fine art within the history of international exhibitions from the middle of the nineteenth century up to 1910, when the Japan-British Exhibition took place in London. Secondly, we will examine its Fine Art Palace in particular where both British and Japanese art was exhibited. Finally, we will investigate the relationship between British and Japanese fine art at that time.

Japanese artefacts were already exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, but not under its own banner, which finally happened in 1862, when the British diplomat Rutherford Alcock organised a Japanese section. This, though modest in its scope and quality, was hailed by many British artists and designers as a revelation and could be regarded as one of the trigger points of the subsequent Victorian Japonisme. Though Japanese craft was consistently successful at these international exhibitions, its fine art fared less well. Nevertheless, at the 1900 Exposition Universelle at Paris the Japanese showed the first comprehensive exhibition of Japanese fine art where the emphasis was on its historical overview.

Compared to this, the Fine Art Palace of the 1910 exhibition exhibited Japanese contemporary fine art for the first time in equal terms with that of the British. The exhibition space was more or less equally divided and though a substantial amount of older art was included, the main emphasis was on contemporary art of both countries. This paper provides for the first time an analysis of the British section as well, which was more or less ignored in scholarly debates. It will also examine how far the exhibits represent the contemporary art scene of each country and finally will point out how a number of these works showed direct artistic relationships between the two nations.

This paper was given in Japanese.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

This paper will be published in 2011/12.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: 1910 Japan-British Exhibition, Fine Art Palace, White City London
Your affiliations with UAL: Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 30 October 2010
Copyright Holders: Toshio Watanabe
Funders: Anglo-Japanese Daiwa Foundation
Event Location: International House, Tokyo
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 14:31
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 3600
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3600

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