Events

Lecture: the Japanese culture of giving

On the closing day of the popular exhibition ‘Too Pretty to Throw Away’ – still on view until Sunday August 28 – Prof. Dr. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka will hold a public lecture at SieboldHuis Leiden, Rapenburg 19. The lecture will be given on August 28 between 2 – 3 PM and is called “Japanse warenhuizen en de cadeaucultuur” – Japanese department stores and the culture of giving. The lecture will be in Dutch. In the early decades of the 20th century, the first big department stores opened in Japan, based on the so-called ‘Grands Magasins’ of Paris, London, Philadelphia and New York. In that time, large department stores were the summum of modernity with their lavish product presentations and technical innovations like elevators and escalators. However, nowadays, Japanese department stores are presenting themselves as guardians of Japanese traditions, a point stressed by the importance put on formal gift giving. In this lecture, Prof. Cwiertka will talk on how this change has taken place. Attending lecture is free after entering the SieboldHuis museum. Please register through the following link: Japanse warenhuizen en de cadeaucultuur. Lecture: Japanse warenhuizen en de cadeaucultuur, Prof. Katarynza Cwiertka When: August 28 2016, 2-3 PM Where: SieboldHuis, Rapenburg 19,...

To Pretty to Throw Away

From June 10 until August 28, 2016, the Garbage Matters Project features Too Pretty to Throw Away, an exhibition on Japanese product packaging, in collaboration with Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis in Leiden and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Cracow. The curators of the exhibition are Dr. Ewa Machotka and Prof. Dr. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, both affiliated with Leiden University. After closing in Leiden on 28 August, the exhibition will re-open in Cracow on 9 November. Product packaging forms a fascinating part of Japan’s consumer culture. Whereas modern-day technologies and marketing strategies often determine their form, the design is frequently inspired by decorative motifs such as those found on art objects from the past. The aesthetics of packaging is also strongly influenced by Japanese traditions of gift-wrapping.. Too Pretty to Throw Away: Packaging Design from Japan illustrates through museum objects, consumer items and gift wrappings, how past and present are united in packaging design. See more at the website of SieboldHuis: Too Pretty to Throw Away: Packaging Design from...

7 November 2014: Art with Agenda: Socially Engaged Art Practices in Post-Cold War Japan

The Research Project ‘From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold War Era’ brings together experts on waste and consumption, environmental issues, visual culture and art history. This is the second workshop of the project organized by Dr. E. Machotka and Prof. dr. K.J. Cwiertka (LIAS). The project is financed by MEARC. More information, and for the workshop...

25 April 2014: East -Asian Garbage, in Perspective

CITIES PROJECT Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis On 25 April 2014, the members of the Garbage Matters Project team will present their research projects. Location: Room E0.14C (Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48) Time: 3-6 pm The preparatory reading for this session can be downloaded here: _Goldstein, J.L. (2012). Waste. In F. Trentmann (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption Oxford/New York: Oxford UP, 326-47. We look forward to seeing you at the...

Katarzyna Cwiertka lectured at the Dies Natalis

On the occasion of the 439th Dies Natalis (foundation day) of Leiden University, Professor Cwiertka lectured about the Japanese culture of wrapping. The lecture, which was titled: ‘Japanese wrapping culture: Esthetics vs. the environment’, addressed the history of Japan’s culture of wrapping as well as some recent and possible future...