October Evening Seminar at Nichibunken

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Upcoming event at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan

October 5 (Thursday), 4:30 P.M – 6:00 P.M.

Speaker: Gary Hickey

Topic: Meiji Period Kuchi-e in the National Library of Australia Collection

Moderator: Patricia Fister 

Language: English

Place: Seminar Room 2, International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 3-2 Oeyama-cho, Goryo, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 610-1192

URL: <http://www.nichibun.ac.jp/>


Recent scholarship regarding Japanese prints has brought renewed interest in the woodblock-printed frontispieces (kuchi-e) produced for novels and literary magazines of the Meiji period (1868-1912).

As a result of private benefaction, the National Library of Australia has one of the largest collections of kuchi-e in the world. It comprises approximately 500 examples from the late 1890s to the 1920s designed by more than twenty-seven artists. This talk introduces the collection and its history, together with research on kuchi-e profiled in the Library’s 2017 exhibition Melodrama in Meiji Japan curated by Gary Hickey. 

About the speaker: 

Gary Hickey is a curator and scholar of Japanese art. He sits on the directorial board of the Tokyo-based International Ukiyo-e Society and is a Japan Fellow at the National Library of Australia.