Special Exhibition “Reproduction Painting: Early Educational Materials of Art History in Tokyo Imperial University”

June 22, 2015


Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students
Date(s) June 27, 2015 — July 26, 2015
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue [Address]JP Tower/KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access]JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station. Direct access from the Marunouchi Underground Pathway.
[Opening Hours]11:00-18:00 (open until 20:00 on Thursday and Friday; last entry 30 minutes before closing) *Opening hours may change.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81 3 5777 8600 (Hello Dial)

 At the College of Letters of Tokyo Imperial University, a course devoted to Art History was established in February 1914 under the name of “Second Course of Aesthetics.” The first professor to be appointed to this course was Seiichi Taki (1873-1945), who was the editor in chief of the art periodical Kokka (“Flower of the Nation”) founded in 1889 under the direction of Tenshin Okakura (1863-1913), and who had been teaching History of Japanese Painting at the College of Letters since 1909. Taki, who perceived the important function of reproductions and copies in research on Art History, turned his efforts to the collection of photographic reproductions and the production of copies in order to form the basis of an Art History course. In addition to donating to the Imperial University Library part of the “full-scaled enlarged photographs” shown at the Chinese Paintings exhibition held in September 1911 on the upper floor of the Kokka-sha building in the Kyobashi district, he also worked on Ryuhei Maruyama (1850-1933), executive of Tokyo Asahi Newspaper (the parent company of Kokka-sha) to enrich the Library’s collection of reproductions. The University Museum actually holds 15 items donated by Ryuhei Murayama and 4 items donated by Seiichi Taki, all in collotype printing – which was then the best printing method. Each print’s mounting and framing attest to the value of reproduction painting in that era.

[Organizer]The University Museum, The University of Tokyo (UMUT)

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