The Japan Foundation, London

My latest discover in London is The Japan Foundation. It is a place where you can study Japanese supported by a library with language teaching materials, you can learn more about the culture of Japan, and you can explore and get a closer look at the art of Japan.They organize various events and talks related to art.  The next one is Intervening in Nature and Society: History of the ‘Art Project’ in Japan, 1955-2013, a talk by Kenji Kajiya on the 17 of October.

“In this talk, Kenji Kajiya, Associate Professor of Art History at Hiroshima City University, will discuss how art projects took place and have developed in postwar Japan. Tracing back to outdoor exhibitions organised by Gutai Art Association and Kyushu-ha in the mid-1950s, he will demonstrate how non-museum-based exhibitions have developed and taken shaped through each decade, before international art festivals in rural setting and university-based outdoor exhibitions stood out as art projects in the 2000s.

This talk will provide an insightful and historical account of art projects and their development to the present day, considering how these phenomena have been integrated or interacted with natural landscapes and society in Japan.” (source: Japan Foundation)

These events are all free of charge but booking is essential. You can browse for more programmes and reserve on the site.

Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons by Kanō Eitoku