October 17, 2011

Exhibition: "Recording and passing on modernity: Organization and utilization of yuzen designs in the collection of the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University"

As a planned exhibition of the Art Research Center for the academic year 2011, we will be holding an exhibition titled “Recording and passing on modernity: Organization and utilization of yuzen designs in the collection of the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University”. This exhibition will showcase mainly materials kept at the Art Research Center and it is planned by the Kidachi Team of the Kyoto Culture Research Group of this Center. 

[Outline]

Art Research Center Exhibition

“Recording and passing on modernity: Organization and utilization of yuzen designs in the collection of the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University”

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■Time and date: 930 to 1700, Monday, October 17, 2011 to Friday, October 28, 2011  Admission is free   *closed on weekends

■Place: 1F, Exhibition Room, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University (Kinugasa campus)

■Sponsored by: MEXT Global COE Program “Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures” (Ritsumeikan University), Art Research Center (Ritsumeikan University)

■Cosponsored by: Kibi International University Graduate School of Conservation and Restoration Studies for Cultural Properties, Ritsumeikan University Faculty of Letters Kyoto Studies Program C seminar

■Planned by: Kidachi Team of the Kyoto Culture Research Group

Person in charge: Masako Yamamoto (PD of this Center)

■Co-planned by: Eiji Suzuki (professor at Kibi International University Graduate School of Conservation and Restoration Studies for Cultural Properties), Hiroe Hojioka (Atelier Suzuki) 

 

Purpose of the exhibition

 This exhibition aims to show to the public the organizing and preservation of yuzen designs kept in the collection of the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University and present one method to solve the issues faced in the preservation and utilization of (a large amount of) materials from the modern period. Such materials may often survive in large quantities, how to organize and public display them can also be quite a dilemma for many organizations. In other words, to do so would require the restoration of great amounts of materials within a limited time, while training people to acquire expert skills or outsource externally, as well as using tools and materials necessary for restoration work can be difficult in terms of time and cost. Particuarly in the case of materials in poor conditions, an organization unable to put required expertise and people with specialized skills in restoration may have problems proceeding to the organization and public showing of its materials.

 Ritsumeikan University currently has over 10,000 items of Nishijin weaving, yuzen dye designs and fabric offcuts sample books between the end of the Meiji period to the Showa period in its collection. Professor Kidachi’s team of the Kyoto Culture Research Group of the MEXT Global COE Program “Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures” has been working on organizing and studying these materials. In terms of the organization of these materials, Professor Kidachi’s team has been aiming to achieve restoration of the materials that can allow university students to participate and accomplish the restoration under short-term training and using inexpensive and easy-to-use tools. With assistance from students of the university’s own Museum Practice class and Kyoto Studies Program in the organization of the materials and the restoration of the materials conducted under the guidance of Professor Eiji Suzuki of Kibi International University, we will provide a digital archive of the materials for public access. It is our hope that our organization efforts can become a model for the organization and public showing of materials from the modern period.

 

October 2011 

 

MEXT Global COE Program

“Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures” (Ritsumeikan University)

Kyoto Culture Research Group, Kidachi Team

 

 

 

 

Related Event

Related workshop:

Organization and utilization of large amounts of materials from the modern period

Date and time1800 to 20:00, Thursday, October 20

PlaceMultipurpose Room, Art Research Center

ParticipationFree [Advanced bookingNot necessary    

Content:  About the university’s material organization/methods of preserving and utilizing (large amounts of) materials from the modern period
 

Masa’aki Kidachi (chair)

Greetings   

 

Masako Yamamoto

“About the yuzen designs in the collection of the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University” 

 

Hiroe Hojioka (Atelier Suzuki)  

“On building a preservation system for the yuzen designs in the collection of the Art Research Center at Ritsumeikan University (practical demonstration)” 

 

Eiji Suzuki (professor at Kibi International University Graduate School of Conservation and Restoration Studies for Cultural Properties)

“Examination of methods for the preservation and restoration of large amounts of materials from the modern period (tentative title)” 

 

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