International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA), Institute of Archaeology, University College London holds regular lectures to which the public are warmly invited. Lectures are held at the Archaeology Lecture Theatre (G6), Institute of Archaeology, UCL, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY. Tel: 020 7679 1092. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/iccha. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts & Cultures and Centre for Japanese Studies, UEA
Thursday Lecture Series supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust. Admission free, advance booking recommended by phone 01603 597507 or email: email@example.com. Web site: www.sainsbury-institute.org. Lectures start at 6:00 p.m. Venue: Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH.
Islamic Art Circle at SOAS
Lectures are regularly held in the Khalili Lecture Theatre (Main School Lecture Theatre), Philips Building, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG. For further information contact Rosalind Wade Haddon on 07714087480 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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EXHIBITIONS AND MUSEUMS
THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tel: +44 (0)207 323 8181. www.britishmuseum.org
The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies housing the Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese Ceramics; The Joseph E Hotung Gallery of Oriental Antiquities from China, India, South Asia and Southeast Asia; the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries; The Korea Foundation Gallery: Arts of Korea; The Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery: 7000 Years of Chinese Jade from the Collection of Sir Joseph Hotung; The John Addis Islamic Gallery.
Gallery 91a: Qu Leilei (painter, b. 1951) and Ma Desheng (printmaker, b. 1952), have recently donated works to the British Museum, which will be on show from 1st November to 15th December, then again from January 21st through to and including the summer Asia Week (and while the Admonitions Scroll is on display). Qu Leilei and Ma Desheng were founding members of the Stars (Xingxing), the first avant-garde group of artists following the Cultural Revolution (1966-76). This exhibition coincides with the Ai Weiwei retrospective at the Royal Academy (Ai Weiwei was also a founding member of the Stars.)
On 13 November, at 6:30 pm, there will be a “Conversation with” event. Both will discuss their years as Stars and other issues with Shen Kuiyi, who will come from the US to moderate. He is an eminent art historian, who organized the Blooming in the Shadows exhibition at the China Institute Gallery, NYC in 2011.
The Assam exhibition is Krishna in the Garden of Assam and it runs from January 21st to August 21st, 2016. It is centred on the Museum’s famous Vrindavani Vastra, a lampas-woven silk textile figured with scenes from the life of Krishna, along with the avataras of Vishnu and text from the devotional drama, Kalidaman written by the saint Shankaradeva (died 1568). The exhibition will also include the loan of a magnificent example of a related textile from Chepstow Museum, as well as manuscript pages loaned from the British Library. Film and a contemporary art work commissioned from the Guwahati-based group, Desire Machine Collective, will complete the evocation of Assam.
There will be a conference on July 8th and 9th in conjunction with King’s College, London. During the run of the exhibition there will be the usual run of gallery talks, curator’s introductory lectures and film-showings.
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. 0207 942 2000. www.vam.ac.uk
Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art and Design; T. T. Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art; Samsung Gallery of Korean Art; Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art.
Re-opening of Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art from 4 November 2015 – Room 45.
Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Toshiba Corporation, the Japanese gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum will be refurbished this year. The contents and themes of the displays are being re-developed, which will result in the changing of approximately 70% of the exhibits and increasing the amount of space devoted to modern and contemporary Japanese art and design. The interiors of the display cases will also be upgraded, the lighting improved and new graphics introduced. To allow this work to take place the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art closed on 27th April. The gallery will re-open to the public on 4 November this year.
The refurbished gallery will exhibit around 550 works in a newly-curated series of displays that will include 30 or more recent acquisitions. The gallery will illustrate the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistic creativity of Japan from the sixth century to the present day through displays of swords and armour, lacquer, ceramics, cloisonné enamels, textiles and dress, inro and netsuke, paintings, prints and illustrated books. Admission is free. http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/
Highlights of the Korean Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 9 November 2015
Time: 13:00 – 13:45. Meeting Point: Grand Entrance.
Tour of the Korean Gallery by curator Rosalie Kim. Admission is free. http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/
A Room from Damascus: 17 April – 16 December 2015, Islamic Middle East, Room 42. In the 18th-century, the main reception rooms in Syrian upper-class houses began to be highly decorated with colourful painted wooden panelling. These rooms were the focus of hospitality, but the objects displayed there also announced a family’s wealth and status. When cities began to modernise in the late 19th-century, many of these decorative interiors were removed for sale. The V&A was the earliest western collection to acquire one. This display will present some of the panelling and a selection of the objects that once dressed this room. http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/
Introducing Damascus Rooms: The Decorated Interiors of 18th and 19th Century Syria. Saturday 3 October, 11.00 – 16.30. Join historians, writers, curators and restorers for an insight into the past, present and future of Syria’s unique and beautifully crafted luxury townhouses. Learn how interior design and taste reflected the fashionable urban culture of Damascus in the 18th and 19th centuries. Speakers will include those who have lived in and worked to restore these cultural gems. £45, concessions £35, students £15. http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, OXFORD
Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH. Tel: +44 (0)1865 278000. Fax: +44 (0)1865 278018
Open Tue. – Sun. and Bank Holidays, 10.00 – 6.00. Closed 24th -26th December and 1st January.
Yoshida Hiroshi: A Japanese Artist in India
Prints from the Collection of Avijit and Chobi Lahiri
Gallery 29, 9 Jun ‒ 14 Sept 2015
In 1930 Japanese printmaker Yoshida Hiroshi (1876–1950) spent several months travelling in India and Southeast Asia. After his return to Japan he produced a series of woodblock prints inspired by his travels. A leading figure in the Shin-hanga (new print) movement that contributed to the revival of traditional Japanese printmaking in the early 1900s, he was particularly skilful at depicting the effects of light and water.
Homage to Ganesha
Eastern Art Paintings gallery, 22 Sep 2015– 24 Jan 2016
One of the most popular Hindu deities, the elephant-headed Ganesha is revered as the remover of obstacles and the source of all success. As a powerful deity of good fortune, Ganesha is invoked at the beginning of any endeavor. This display shows diverse representations of Ganesha from the Museum’s collection.
Scenes of Last Tokyo: Japanese Creative Prints from 1945
Eastern Art Paintings Gallery, 2 February–5 June 2016
In the early twentieth century a new artistic movement emerged in Japan: the Sosaku Hanga (Creative Print). Breaking away from traditional printing methods, which involved a division of labour in artists’ studios, Creative Print artists designed, cut and printed their own work. The Scenes of Last Tokyo series, a collaboration between nine of the leading print artists of the time, was published in 1945 and shows fifteen famous places in Tokyo, all of them damaged or destroyed during World War II.
Tasting China: Images of Food in Chinese Art
Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese Painting, 13 Oct – 14 Feb 2016
From daily meals to celebration banquets, from festive ceremonies to religious offerings, food is presented in many contexts. With images of various foods and related rituals and activities, this exhibition looks at artistic representations of food within Chinese social life.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF. Tel: 0131 247 4026. www.nms.ac.uk.
THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE
Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB. Tel: 01223 332900. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. Closed Mondays.
The Oriental Gallery of Chinese and Japanese Art and the Gompertz Gallery of Korean Art.
THE MUSEUM OF EAST ASIAN ART, BATH
BRISTOL MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL, Tel: 0117 922 3571
THE POTTERIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW. Tel: 01782 232323
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Asia in Amsterdam: Exotic luxury in the Golden Age
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/asia-in-amsterdam 17 October 2015-17 January 2016 GRONINGER MUSEUM Fragile Goods: a tribute to previous ceramics curator Minke A. de Visser 20 March 2015 – 15 March 2016 http://www.groningermuseum.nl/en/fragile-goods-a-tribute-to-minke-de-visser
FONDATION BAUR, MUSEE DES ARTS D’EXTREME-ORIENT
8 rue Munier-Romilly, 1206 Geneva, Switzerland, Tel: +41 22 704 3282, email@example.com
Jean Girel: Retour aux sources la ceramique Song
3rd September until 18th October, 2015
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AUTUMN FAIRS 2015
Asian Art in London 2015 will take place from 5th – 14th November, 2015, presenting a varied programme of exhibitions, lectures and symposia, auctions, receptions and gala evenings. Gala Party – Friday 6th November at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. Dealers’ late night openings: Kensington Church Street – Saturday 7th November; St. James’s – Sunday 8th November and Mayfair – Monday 9th November. For further information on Asian Art in London please visit www.asianartinlondon.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0) 207 499 2215.
The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armoury, Park Avenue at 67th Street, New York will take place from 23rd – 29th October, 2015. Contact Haughton Fairs on email@example.com. Tel: New York + 1 212 642 8572 or London +44 (0) 20 7389 6555.
The Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair will be held from 7th – 10th January, 2016 at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP (entrance in Duke Street). Tickets and enquiries: +44 (0)1797 252030 or go to www.adfl.co.uk.
The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited is holding various fine art and antiques fairs in 2015. Tickets and enquiries: +44 (0)1797 252030. www.adfl.co.uk.
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Bonham’s, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR. Tel: 020 7468 8248
10th November The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art, Part VI
10th November The Misumi Collection of Important Works of Lacquer Art and Paintings: Part II
12th November Fine Chinese and Japanese Art
Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1HH. Tel: 020 7393 3943
23rd September Asian Art
9th November Asian Art
Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT. Tel: 020 7389 2574
10th November Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art
10th November Status & Ritual: Chinese Archaic Bronzes from an important private European collection
Christie’s, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD. Tel: 020 7930 6074
11th November Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles (Pt. 1)
13th November Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles (Pt. 2)
Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA. 020 7293 6442
11th November Fine Chinese Furniture from a European Private Collection
11th November Important Chinese Art
3rd November Fine Asian Art followed by The Art of Tea sale
16th February 2016 Fine Asian Art
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, London
16th November Fine Asian Works of Art (sale in Newbury)
Duke’s Auctioneers, Dorchester
12th November An important private collection of Chinese ceramics, jade, bronze and works of art; also an important collection of 17th century porcelain formerly in the collection of Eric North
Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury
17th and 18th November Fine Chinese Ceramics and Other Asian Works of Art
Bonhams Hong Kong
3rd December Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Christie’s Hong Kong
6th October Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
7th October Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art
2nd December Important Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art
Sotheby’s Hong Kong
October 8th Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art
Bonhams New York
14th September Chinese Art
16th September Fine Japanese Works of Art
Christie’s New York
16th September The Ruth & Carl Barron Collection of Fine Chinese Snuff Bottles: Part I
17th September The Lai Family Collection of Fine Chinese Furniture and Works of Art
17th September Fine Chinese Display Stands from an important private American collection
17th & 18th September Fine Ceramics & Works of Art
Sotheby’s New York
15th & 16th September Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art
19th September Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art
16th December Arts d’Asie
Bonhams San Francisco
13th October Asian Decorative Arts
15th December Fine Asian Works of Art
16th December Asian Decorative Art