Modern and contemporary design

Scholze, Jana, Faulkner, Rupert and Josephine, Rout (2016) Modern and contemporary design. In: Irvine, Gregory, (ed.) Japanese Art and Design. London : V&A Publishing. pp. 221-245. ISBN 9781851778553

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Abstract

This chapter is part of a new collections book published to accompany the reopening of the V&A's refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Art and Design in November 2015. It replaced a successful but more than two decades old publication celebrating the UK's largest permanent display of Japanese art, housing objects from the 6th century to the present day. The V&A has been collecting Japanese objects from its founding in 1852, and has played a significant role in bringing the art of Japan to the attention of designers, manufacturers and the British public. This tradition continues to the present day, and in this new book some of the world's leading researchers in the field bring their attention to the V&A's unparalleled collection. The important new addition to the gallery display of modern and contemporary works from the collection has been reflected predominantly in this last chapter of the book. It is the result of more than three years of research activity which resulted in major acquisitions, interviews with leading designers, craftsmen and others, and an extensive network of not only important individuals but cultural, business and academic institutions. This chapter is informed by this research and uses the acquisitions to reflect on the design and craft history in Japan since WWII. Japan’s rapid rise to become a leading global economy was backed by a robust manufacturing industry but also early professionalization of design and designers. Leading the development and innovation of consumer goods, especially electronics, the economy grew unprecedented, resulting not just in an internationally recognized nation attracting specialists from all over the world but an economic bubble that burst in 1991. The following long recension created a gap that allowed alternative forms and lifestyles to be considered. Devastating natural disasters returned attention to craft, coinciding with a commitment to issues of sustainability and ecology.

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Additional Information: Published to accompany the reopening of the V&A's refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Art and Design in November 2015. The V&A has the UK's largest permanent display of Japanese art, housing objects from the 6th century to the present day. Collecting Japanese objects from its founding in 1852, the Museum has played a significant role in bringing the art of Japan to the attention of designers, manufacturers and the British public. This tradition continues to the present day, and in this new book some of the world's leading researchers in the field bring their attention to the V&A's unparalleled collection. Ten chapters focus on subjects including religion and ritual; samurai military and aristocratic culture; the highly aestheticized tea ceremony, which has been a notable feature of Japanese culture from the Medieval period to the present day; Edo-period urban fashions including lacquer and fashionable dress; Ukiyo-e and the graphic arts (prints, illustrated books, paintings, screens and contemporary photography); exchanges with the West and participation in world exhibitions, right up to modern and contemporary crafts and product design, including high-tech design.
Physical Location: This item is held in stock at Kingston University Library.
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Art and design
Asian studies
History
History of art, architecture and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Centre for Contemporary Visual and Material Culture
Depositing User: Jana Scholze
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 12:46
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 12:46
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/38787

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