Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues

Exhibition

Flyer of CUBISM IN ASIA exhibition in Tokyo
Flyer of CUBISM IN ASIA exhibition in Seoul

Started by Picasso and others, Cubism was a revolutionary art movement well known for paintings composed of geometric lines and planes. This series of exhibitions asked viewers to consider the impact Cubism had on Asian artists following the introduction of mainstream modernism from Western Europe in the early 20th century, and to reappraise what modern Asian art art ought to be.

Traveling from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, to the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, in Seoul and then to the Singapore Art Museum, the “Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues” exhibition aspired to re-examine Asian modernism through the transnational art movement of Cubism. Exhibited according to theme as opposed to nationality, the exhibition featured approximately 120 pieces of art from eleven countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam), including Sri Lankan contemporary art, which had rarely been shown at museums in Japan.

Modern Asian art was reassessed through four sections or themes: a focus on still life in “On the Table”; thoughts on Cubism as a way to push forward the modernization of art in “Cubism and Modernity”; a collection of self-portraits in “Body”; and a look at how Cubism developed independently in each country in “Cubism and Nation.

Data
Dates & Venue
(Tokyo)
August 9–October 2, 2005
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
(Seoul) November 11, 2005–January 30, 2006
The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea (Deoksugung)
(Singapore) February 18–April 9, 2006
Singapore Art Museum
Curators Tatehata Akira (Director, The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
Ushiroshoji Masahiro (Professor, Kyushu University)
Hayashi Michio (Associate Professor, Sophia University)
Matsumoto Tohru (Chief Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Miwa Kenjin (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Furuichi Yasuko (Exhibition Coordinator, The Japan Foundation)
Choi Eunju (Chief Curator, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea)
Kim Inhye (Assistant Curator, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea)
Ahmad Mashadi (Senior Curator, Singapore Art Museum)
Joyce Fan (Curator, Singapore Art Museum)
Artists China
Luis Chan, Huang Rui, Li Hua, Lin Fengmian, Pan Xuezhao, Pan Ye, Qu Leilei, Yun Gee, Zhao Shou
India
Narayan Shridhar Bendre, Ram Kumar, Rabin Mondal, Jehangir Sabavala, Fransis Newton Souza, K. G. Subramanyan, Gaganendranath Tagore
Indonesia
Ahmad Sadali, But Mochtar, Gregorius Sidharta Soegijo, Handrio, Mochtar Apin, Popo Iskandar, Srihadi Soedarsono, Sudjana Kerton
Japan
Fumon Gyo, Imanishi Chutsu, Kawaguchi Kigai, Koga Harue, Kuroda Jutaro, Migishi Kotaro, Mikami Makoto, Okamoto Toki, Sakata Kazuo, Satomi Katsuzo, Sumiya Iwane, Togo Seiji, Tsuruoka Masao, Yabe Tomoe, Yamada Masaaki, Yamamoto Keisuke, Yorozu Tetsugoro
Korea
Byon Yeong-won, Gu Bon-ung, Ha In-du, Ham Dea-jung, Han Mook, Ju Kyung, Kim Ki-chang, Kim Sou, Kim Whan-ki, Park Re-hyun, Park Young-seon
Philippines
Ang Kiukok, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Cesar Legaspi, Vincente Manansala, Galo B. Ocampo, Hernando R. Ocampo, Nena Saguil, Romeo Tabuena
Singapore / Malaysia
Chen Wen Hsi, Cheong Soo Pieng, Chia Yu Chian, Chuah Thean Teng, Ho Khai Peng, Latiff Mohidin, Lim Hak Tai, Syed Ahmad Jamal, Tay Hooi Keat, Tsai Horng Chung
Sri Lanka
George Keyt
Thailand
Thawan Duchanee, Fua Hariphitak, Tawee Nandakwang, Prasong Padamanuja, Sawasdi Tantisuk, Sompot Upa-In
Vietnam
Ta Ty
Organizers The Japan Foundation; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; Singapore Art Museum
Sponsors Singapore
Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Singapore Foundation
Cooperation Tokyo
Japan Airlines
Singapore
MediaCorp TV12 Arts Central; Clear Channel; Helutrans Artmove; SMRT Media; Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Center
Grants Seoul
The Korea Foundation
Related Programs Tokyo
Talk Event
August 27, 2005 / Lecture Hall, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Participants: Nakamura Kazumi, Matsumoto Tohru
September 17, 2005 / Lecture Hall, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Participants: Kinoshita Nagahiro, Hayashi Michio

Seoul
International Symposium “Asian Art in the 20th Century”
November 19, 2005 / The Korea Foundation Culture Center / Panelists: Joyce Fan, Patrick D. Flores, Agung Hujatnikajennong, Roobina Karode, Kim Young-na, Omuka Toshiharu
Singapore
Intrnational Symposium “Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues”
March 25–26, 2006 / Singapore Art Museum / Panelists: Partick D. Flores, T. K. Sabapathy, Joyce Fan, Hayashi Michio, R. Siva Kumar, Ahmad Mashadi, Jim Supangkat, Ushiroshoji Masahiro, C. J. Wee Wan-ling
Notes Japan–Korea Friendship Year 2005
Links The The Japan Foundation Website
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Archive (Japanese)

Catalogue (Tokyo)

Cover of CUBISM IN ASIA in Tokyo Catalogue

Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues
Edited by The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Japan Foundation

  • Publisher:
    Tokyo: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Japan Foundation
  • Year:
    2005
  • Total Number of Pages:
    296 (+Appendix)
  • Size:
    30 cm
  • Language:
    Japanese (jpn); English (eng)
  • NCID:
    BA72911834

[Contents]

p. 5 Foreword
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The Japan Foundation; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea; Singapore Art Museum
p. 10 序論アジアのキュビスム
建畠晢
p. 17 第1章テーブルの上の実験
p. 18 オン・ザ・テーブル─静物の実験
林道郎
p. 26 Section 1テーブルの上の楽器
文= 林道郎
p. 29 コラム1「物語る」ための「フィールド」
三輪健仁
p. 30 Section 2静物としての人体
p. 32 Section 3果物の歌
p. 34 Section 4–1キュビスムを通過して─グリッド
p. 36 Section 4–2キュビスムを通過して─アラベスク
p. 38 Section 4–3キュビスムを通過して─フィルター
p. 40 Section 5新生活の象徴:中国の木版画
文= 林道郎(*Section 2~5)
p. 43 第2章キュビスムと近代性
p. 44 「複数の近代性」の交渉─アジア美術におけるキュビスムとの出会い
アフマド・マシャディ
p. 50 Section 1大都市(メトロポリス)」と「国際都市(コスモポリス)の理想」
文= アフマド・マシャディ
p. 55 コラム2国際都市─東京・上海・シャンティニケタン
建畠晢
p. 56 Section 2市の碁盤目(グリッド)、新たな現実
文= アフマド・マシャディ
p. 59 コラム3留学のかたち
林道郎
p. 60 Section 3械時代(マシーン・エイジ)の反響
文= アフマド・マシャディ
p. 63 テーマ1キュビスムと戦争
チェ・ウンジェ|崔銀珠
p. 69 第3章身体
p. 70 キュビスムにおける身体
松本透
p. 76 Section 1ュビスムの裸婦
p. 80 Section 2ュビスムの語法
p. 84 Section 3ュビスムと音楽
p. 85 Section 4ョージ・キートの鏡の像
p. 86 Section 5ュビスムの女性像
文= 松本透(*Section 1~5)
p. 89 コラム4外国人教師
後小路雅弘
p. 90 Section 6ュビスムの自画像
文= 松本透
p. 91 テーマ2母と子
キム・インヘ|金仁恵
p. 97 第4章キュビスムと国土(ネイション)
p. 98 ネイション─国民の創生
後小路雅弘
p. 104 Section 1
p. 106 Section 2統的な形式とモダニズム
p. 108 Section 3村の暮らし
p. 110 Section 4会の暮らし
p. 111 Section 5ふるさと」を探して
p. 114 Section 6地固有の風物
p. 116 Section 7の道
文= 後小路雅弘(*Section 1~7)
p. 118 コラム5ピカソ─1940年代から50年代のアジア諸国における受容
キム・インヘ|金仁恵
p. 120 Section 8ュビスム・抽象表現主義とカリグラフィ
文= 後小路雅弘
p. 122 テーマ3崇高なもの、神聖なものを案出する
ジョイス・ファン
p. 129 キュビスム受容史(各国編)
p. 130 中国のキュビスム
李超
p. 134 アジアのキュビスム─インドの場合
ガヤトリ・デヴィ・シンハ
p. 138 自律性のイメージ─1950年代および60年代におけるインドネシアのキュビスム絵画をめぐる諸問題
リスキー・A・ザエラニ
p. 142 キュビスムと日本
大谷省吾
p. 146 韓国におけるキュビスム
キム・ヨンナ|金英那
p. 150 一見したところ、キュビスム
パトリック・D・フローレス
p. 154 マレーシアとシンガポールにおける近代美術の展開とキュビスムとの関わり
アフマド・マシャディ
p. 158 スリランカ美術におけるキュビスムの記号/語法の「存在」
ジャガト・ウィーラシンハ
p. 162 タイのキュビスム─キュビスムから抽象美術へ
スティ・クナーウィッチャヤーノン
p. 167 作家略歴
編= 古市保子
p. 187 用語解説
編= 古市保子
p. 194 Selected Bibliography
p. 202 IntroductionCubism in Asia
Tatehata Akira
p. 206 Chapter 1On the Table
p. 206 Experiments on Still Lifes
Hayashi Michio
p. 210 Section 1Musical Instrument on the Table
p. 211 Section 2A Portrait Seen as a Still Life
p. 211 Section 3The Melody of Fruit
p. 212 Section 4–1Through Cubism—The Grid
p. 212 Section 4–2Through Cubism—The Arabesque
p. 213 Section 4–3Through Cubism—The Filter
p. 213 Section 5The Symbol of New Life—The Chinese Woodblock Print
Text by Hayashi Michio (*Section 1–5)
p. 215 Chapter 2Cubism and Modernity
p. 215 Negotiating Modernities: Encounters with Cubism in Asian Art
Ahmad Mashadi
p. 218 Section 1The Metropolis and the Cosmopolitan Ideal
p. 219 Section 2Urban Grid, New Realities
p. 219 Section 3Reflections on the Machine Age
Text by Ahmad Mashadi (*Section 1–3)
p. 221 Theme 1Cubism and War
Choi Eunju
p. 224 Chapter 3Body
p. 224 The Body in Cubism
Matsumoto Tohru
p. 227 Section 1The Nude in Cubism
p. 227 Section 2The Cubist Idioms
p. 228 Section 3Cubism and Music
p. 228 Section 4The Mirror Image of George Keyt
p. 228 Section 5The Female Image in Cubism
p. 229 Section 6The Self-Portrait in Cubism
Text by Matsumoto Tohru (*Section 1–6)
p. 230 Theme 2Mother and Child
Kim Inhye
p. 232 Chapter 4Cubism and Nation
p. 232 The Birth of a Nation
Ushiroshoji Masahiro
p. 235 Section 1History
p. 235 Section 2Traditional Form and Modernism
p. 236 Section 3Life in the Farming Villages
p. 236 Section 4Life in the City
p. 236 Section 5In Search of a “Spiritual Home”
p. 237 Section 6Native Scenes and Manners
p. 237 Section 7Sea Transport
p. 237 Section 8Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and Calligraphy
Text by Ushiroshoji Masahiro (*Section 1–8)
p. 239 Theme 3Devising the Divine and the Sacred
Joyce Fan
p. 241 Column
p. 241 Column 1The “Field” for “Storytelling”
Miwa Kenjin
p. 241 Column 2Cosmopolis: Tokyo/Shanghai/Santiniketan
Tatehata Akira
p. 242 Column 3Forms of Studying Abroad
Hayashi Michio
p. 242 Column 4Foreign Teachers
Ushiroshoji Masahiro
p. 243 Column 5Picasso: Reception in Asian Countries in 1940s–1950s
Kim Inhye
p. 246 Reception of Cubism
p. 246 Overview of Cubism in China
Li Chao (Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts, Shanghai University)
p. 248 Cubism in Asia—The Indian Example
Gayatri Devi Sinha (Art Critic)
p. 251 Image of Autonomy: Problems of Cubist Painting in Indonesia in the 1950s and 1960s
Rizki A. Zaelani (Art Critic)
p. 254 Cubism and Japan
Otani Shogo (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
p. 256 Cubism in Korea
Kim Youngna (Director, Seoul University Museum)
p. 259 Apparently, Cubism
Patrick D. Flores (Professor, Art Studies Department, University of the Philippines Diliman)
p. 261 Modern Art Developments in Malaysia and Singapore and Engagements with Cubism
Ahmad Mashadi
p. 263 A Survey on the “Presence” of Cubist Sign/Idiom in Sri Lankan Art
Jagath Weerasinghe (Artist)
p. 265 Cubism in Thailand: From Cubism to Abstract Art
Sutee Kunavichayanont (Lecturer, The Art Theory Department, Silpakorn University)
p. 268 Biographies of Artists
Edited by Furuichi Yasuko
p. 280 Glossary
Edited by Furuichi Yasuko
p. 286 List of Exhibits
Appendix Ajia no kyubisumu nenpu [Chronology of Cubism in Asia]

Catalogue (Seoul)

Cover of CUBISM IN ASIA in Seoul Catalogue

Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues
Edited by Kim Inhye

  • Publisher:
    Seoul: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
    Tokyo: The Japan Foundation
  • Year:
    2005
  • Total Number of Pages:
    288
  • Size:
    30 cm
  • Language:
    Korean (kor); English (eng)

Catalogue (Singapore)

Cover of CUBISM IN ASIA in Singapore Catalogue

Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues
Edited by Singapore Art Museum

  • Publisher:
    Singapore: Singapore Art Museum
  • Year:
    2006
  • Total Number of Pages:
    276
  • Size:
    30 cm
  • Language:
    Chinese (simplified, chi); English (eng)
  • ISBN
    9810551584

Symposium (Tokyo)

International Symposium 2005
Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues

Pamphlet of CUBISM IN ASIA Symposium

By placing an importance on empirical art historical findings but expanding its scope, the style and philosophy of Cubism were re-examined over two days. Going beyond an introduction of the local stylistic developments of the Cubism movement, the social and cultural issues inherent in the background were discussed, along with examination of the reception of Western modernism in Asia from multiple perspectives. Bringing together researchers from nine countries including the United States and Mexico, the symposium was also an opportunity to gain a comprehensive view of modern art history, which until then had been done regionally.

Data
Dates September 10–11, 2005
Venue (Tokyo) The Japan Foundation Forum
Organizers The Japan Foundation
Links The The Japan Foundation Website

[Program]

Day 1 September 10, 2005

10:30–10:40 Opening Remarks
The Japan Foundation
10:40–11:00 Keynote SpeechWhy Cubism?
Tatehata Akira (Director, The National Museum of Art, Osaka)
11:00–13:30 Session 1Metropolis / Transnationalism
Moderator Mizusawa Tsutomu (Chief Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama)
Presentations 1. The Reputation of Cubism in 1930s Japan: Modernism, Academism, and America
Omuka Toshiharu (Professor, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba)
2. Cubism in the Paris of the East
Shen Kuiyi (Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego)
3. The Discursive Space of “Asian Cubism”
John Clark (Professor, Department of Art History and Theory, University of Sydney)
Discussion / Q&A
14:30–17:30 Session 2Postcolonial Situation
Moderator Hayashi Michio (Associate Professor, Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University)
Presentations 1. Art and Culture in the Third Space: The Case of Indonesia
Jim Supangkat (Art Critic; Chief Curator, CP Foundation)
2. Translucent Traces of People: Peasant and Proletariat in Philippine Cubism
Patrick D. Flores (Professor, Art Studies Department, University of the Philippines Diliman)
3. Nayang Modernism: Between Idealisms
Ahmad Mashadi (Senior Curator, Singapore Art Museum)
Discussion / Q&A

Day 2 September 11, 2005

13:00–15:00 Session 3Body / Gender / Color / Decoration
Moderator Matsumoto Tohru (Chief Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Presentations 1. Representation of Women in “Cubism in Asia”
Kim Young-na (Professor, Department of Archaeology and Art History, Seoul National University)
2. Representation of Women and Imaginary Power
Tanaka Masayuki (Curator, The National Museum of Western Art)
3. Asian Possessions of the Cubist Body: “Home from Home”
Bert Winther-Tamaki (Associate Professor, Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine)
Discussion / Q&A
15:30–17:30 Session 4Narrative / Myth / Religion
Moderator Tsuji Shigebumi (Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Otemae University; Director, Nishinomiya City Otani Memorial Museum of Art)
Presentations 1. Asian Cubism and “Narrative”
Ushiroshoji Masahiro (Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University)
2. Cubist Aesthetics and Narrative Strategies in Postrevolutionary Mexican Art
Karen Cordero Reiman (Distinguished Professor, Art History Department, Universidad Iberoamericana)
3. Narrative Cubism
Tatehata Akira
Discussion / Q&A
17:30–18:00 Wrap-up
Hayashi Michio

Report (Symposium: Tokyo)

International Symposium 2005 “Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues” Report
Edited by Furuichi Yasuko

  • Publisher:
    Tokyo: The Japan Foundation
  • Year:
    2006
  • Total Number of Pages:
    400
  • Size:
    21 cm
  • Language:
    Japanese (jpn); English (eng)
  • NCID:
    BA75577193

[Contents]

p. 5 Cubism in Asia Project and the Symposium
The Japan Foundation
p. 11 Color Plates
p. 15 Symposium
p. 18 Introduction
Hayashi Michio
p. 24 Program
p. 29 基調報告なぜキュビスムか
建畠晢
p. 39 セッション1メトロポリス / トランス・ナショナリズム
p. 40 1930年代日本におけるキュビスム評価─モダニズム、アカデミズム、アメリカ
五十殿利治
p. 45 「東洋のパリ」のキュビスム
瀋揆一|シェン・クイ
p. 54 「アジアのキュビスム」の言説的空間
ジョン・クラーク
p. 65 討論
p. 79 セッション2脱-植民地化状況
p. 80 第三の場における美術と文化─インドネシアの場合
ジム・スパンカット
p. 91 人民の半透明な軌跡─フィリピンのキュビスムに見る農民とプロレタリア
パトリック・D・フローレス
p. 99 南洋(ナンヤン)モダニズム─複数の理想主義の狭間で
アフマド・マシャディ
p. 112 討論
p. 131 セッション3身体 / ジェンダー / 色彩 / 装飾
p. 132 「アジアのキュビスム」に見る女性の描き方
キム・ヨンナ|金英那
p. 135 女性表象と、想像上の権力
田中正之
p. 141 アジアによるキュビスム的肉体の獲得:「第二の故郷」
バート・ウィンザー=タマキ
p. 150 討論
p. 165 セッション4ナラティヴ / 神話 / 宗教
p. 166 アジアのキュビスムと「物語」
後小路雅弘
p. 171 革命後のメキシコ美術に見るキュビスムの美学・叙述戦略
カレン・コルデロ・レイマン
p. 177 ナラティヴなキュビスム
建畠晢
p. 180 討論
p. 193 全体のまとめ
p. 201 Keynote SpeechWhy Cubism?
Tatehata Akira
p. 211 Session 1Metropolis / Transnationalism
p. 212 The Reputation of Cubism in 1930s Japan: Modernism, Academism, and America
Omuka Toshiharu
p. 217 Cubism in the Paris of the East
Shen Kuiyi
p. 226 The Discursive Space of “Asian Cubism”
John Clark
p. 236 Discussion
p. 247 Session 2Postcolonial Situation
p. 248 Art and Culture in the Third Space: The Case in Indonesia
Jim Supangkat
p. 258 Translucent Traces of People: Peasant and Proletariat in Philippine Cubism
Patrick D. Flores
p. 266 Nayang Modernism: Between Idealisms
Ahmad Mashadi
p. 278 Discussion
p. 295 Session 3Body / Gender / Color / Decoration
p. 296 Representation of Women in “Cubism in Asia”
Kim Young-na
p. 299 Representation of Women and Imaginary Power
Tanaka Masayuki
p. 304 Asian Possessions of the Cubist Body: “Home from Home”
Bert Winther-Tamaki
p. 312 Discussion
p. 325 Session 4Narrative / Myth / Religion
p. 326 Asian Cubism and “Narrative”
Ushiroshoji Masahiro
p. 331 Cubist Aesthetics and Narrative Strategies in Postrevolutionary Mexican Art
Karen Cordero Reiman
p. 337 Narrative Cubism
Tatehata Akira
p. 339 Discussion
p. 350 Wrap-up
p. 357 シンポジウムを終えて
p. 358 メトロポリス / トランス・ナショナリズム 私たちはキュビスムとどう出会ったのか
水沢勉
p. 360 脱-植民地化状況
林道郎
p. 363 身体 / ジェンダー / 色彩 / 装飾
松本透
p. 365 ナラティヴ / 神話 / 宗教
辻成史
 Reflecting on the Symposium
p. 368 Metropolis / Transnationalism: “How We Encountered Cubism”
Mizusawa Tsutomu
p. 370 Postcolonial Situation
Hayashi Michio
p. 373 Body / Gender / Color / Decoration
Matsumoto Tohru
p. 376 Narrative / Myth / Religion
Tsuji Shigebumi
p. 384 Panelists' Profiles
p. 393 Cubism in Asia Project

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