Symposium on Collecting Japanese Art in European Museums, 1 November 2013 in Leiden, The Netherlands

Logo-HKFA symposium on the theme of collecting Japanese art in European museums will be held at Leiden University on 1 November 2013. The symposium is organized by the Heinz Kaempfer Fund in collaboration with Leiden University and Japan Museum SieboldHuis.

Four curators, Prof Matthi Forrer (National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden); Menno Fitski (Rijksmuseum), Dr Rosina Buckland (National Museums of Scotland) and Dr Marketa Hanova (National Gallery Prague) will share their experiences as curators of Japanese art. They will address a variety of topics including trends in collecting and exhibiting Japanese art; the role of public and private money in realizing the museum’s ambitions and more.

Recently, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam acquired a Japanese lacquer chest for 7.3 million euro, so it will be interesting to hear more on acquisition policies and how such major pieces can be purchased. How difficult is it to circumvent bureaucracy and paperwork and to make all museum stakeholders enthusiastic in only a short period of time, in order to do a successful bid at auction? What is the daily practice of a Japanese art curator like?Rijksmuseum-Mazarin-open

For more information on the program, venue and how to register, check out the symposium website.

The Heinz M. Kaempfer Fund was founded in 1989 and aims to support research on Japanese art by young scholars. The Fund organizes lectures and symposia and awards grants to talented young scholars. The Heinz M. Kaempfer Fund is associated with the Society for Japanese Arts, a society founded in the Netherlands in 1937 which has grown into an international society with members interested in arts and crafts of Japan in circa 28 countries.