Japan-UK Season of Culture
18 June - 28 November 2021
FREE to visit in the East End Gallery
No ticket needed
In celebration of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, the East End Gallery presents two displays titled Faces of Faith and Framing Nature to mark the occasion of the Tokyo Olympic Games of 2021.
Working in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Sainsbury Centre’s Collection is the focus of a digital intervention that acknowledges the role of Prince Shōtoku Taishi and the influence of Buddhism on Japan’s cultural development. Faces of Faith presents a video of the Illustrated Biography of Prince Shōtoku from Tokyo National Museum alongside the Centre’s rare and beautiful wooden carving of a female Shinto deity. Co-curated by Simon Kaner, Oliver Moxham and Ryōko Matsuba.
Cibachrome prints from Nobuyoshi Araki’s Flower Rondeau series and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s black and white Seascapes and Dioramas are on show in Framing Nature. Sugimoto and Araki are two of Japan’s most celebrated living photographers. Obsessional in their exploration of the themes of life and death, they share an abiding fascination in photography’s ability to manipulate the viewer’s perception of time and reality. Curated by Vanessa Tothill.
Image: Female Shinto Deity, Kamakura period (AD 1185-1333), East Asia, Japan
Quote: Oliver Moxham, Sainsbury Institute
“We wanted the visitor to be immediately drawn to the face of our Female Shinto Deity and to ask themselves what they saw there: the calm composure of a driven politician; the commanding stare of a shrewd military tactician; or perhaps the reassuring gaze of a protective goddess?”