Lecture Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism

Sunday afternoon July 21st, immediately after the ICAS 11 conference in Leiden, Brill organizes a lecture by Dr Erin Schoneveld (Haverford College) about her recent publication Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism. Art Magazines, Artist Collectives and the Early Avant-garde, published in Brill’s Japanese Visual Culture series.

In her book Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism Erin Schoneveld provides a new comparative framework for understanding the global development of modernism. From April 1910 until September 1923, the Japanese journal Shirakaba (White Birch) released 160 issues featuring articles on Japanese and Western art practices, theory, and criticism. Shirakaba was also one of the first Japanese art magazines to exhibit the works of Auguste Rodin, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse. Shirakaba was instrumental in reframing the debates on modern Japanese art by serving as an avant-garde platform that advocated individuality and subjective expression. 
The talk by Dr Schoneveld examines how the avant-garde pursuit of individuality in early 20th century Japan was in opposition to state-sponsored modernism and how this played out among new artistic media, technologies, and formats, including art magazines such as Shirakaba


13:45 room open

14:00 welcome by Inge Klompmakers of Brill

14:15-15:15 lecture Erin Schoneveld

15:15-16:15 drinks and book signing

When: Sunday 21 July 2019

Location: Sijthoff Cultuurzaal, Doezastraat 1b, Leiden

Registration: to register, please send an email before July 19 to Wendy Logeman at logeman@brill.com