National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo > Reconsidering “Form”: Towards a More Open Discussion

The 37th International Symposium on the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Reconsidering “Form”: Towards a More Open Discussion
Dates: January 10 (Fri.) – 12 (Sun.), 2014  Ended.
Venue: Tobunken Seminar Room (13-43 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo)

Statement of Intent
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Statement of Intent

IKEMURA Leiko, Skier on Maloja Lake,
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

  This symposium takes as its subject “form,” that born of and amidst human endeavors. Dimensionality, scale, color, tone, material. Broader definitions of form are also included in the symposium purview, such as syntax and style in literature, carriage and behavior in dance.

  Many and diverse things are encompassed in the term “form.” How, when and what sort of person created the form, how was it received, and how has it been handed on. Hints gained through a detailed examination of form’s characteristics, materials, methods and remaining traces have assisted the numerous attempts at the clarification of form. In scholarly disciplines dedicated to physical form, such as archaeology and art history, the process of constructing chronologies based on form itself has largely been completed, and an understanding has been reached of the vicissitudes of form. And yet, such methodologies have their limitations, so today attention has turned to the motives and usage patterns that make up the background of these forms. (Continue)

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Application period: Ended.

Pre-registration is required.

100 seats are available for the first two days (10th and 11th January) at the Seminar Room, basement foor of the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo..

30 seats are available for the round table discussion on 12th January. If the number of applicants exceeds the capacity, participants will be randomly selected from the applicants.

Registration Fee: Please pay the registration fee (1,000 yen) at the registration desk. For attending the reception, please extra 2,000 yen will be requested in addition.

Reception: January 10 (Fri.) 18:00-20:00, Tobunken’s Lobby (basement floor)



Department of Art Research and Information Systems, Tobunken

13-43 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8713 JAPAN

Phone: +81-3-3823-4829/2997

Fax: +81-3-3823-2371


Program (details and résumés)

Friday, January 10th10:00―16:50
Statement of Intent
        SARAI Mai (History of Japanese Buddhist Sculptures)
Keynote Address―A Dialogue
        IKEMURA Leiko (artist)
TANAKA Atsushi (History of Japanese Modern Art)
Session 1  Forms as Groups
        Introduction: EMURA Tomoko(History of Japanese Paintings)
        Simon KANER (Japanese Archaeology)
TAKAKUWA Izumi (History of Japanese Traditional Music)
Yukio LIPPIT (History of Japanese Paintings)
OZAWA Asae (History of Japanese Architecture)
Reception (18:00-20:00)
Saturday,January 11th9:30―17:50
Session 2  Form as Individual
        Introduction : SHIOYA Jun (History of Japanese Modern Art)
        KOBAYASHI Tatsuro (History of Japanese Paintings)
UCHIRO Hiroyuki (Art Restorer)
OSHIMA Tetsuya (History of Western Modern Art)
WATANABE Yasuaki (History of Japanese literature)
Session 3  That Which Supports Form
        Introduction : WATADA Minoru (History of Japanese Paintings)
        Melanie TREDE (History of Japanese Paintings)
CHOI Gong-ho (History of Korian Modern Art)
TSUKAMOTO Maromitsu (History of Chinese Art)
KUWAKINO Koji (History of European Art)
Sunday, January 12th10:00―12:00
Round Table Discussion by Speakers

Organizing Committee


Chairperson: KAMEI Nobuo (Director-General, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo)


SHIMAO Arata (Professor, Gakusyuin University)

SUZUKI Hiroyuki (Professor, Tokyo Gakugei University)

TANANUSHI Satoko (Professor, Musashino Art University)

MATSUMOTO Toru (Deputy Director, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)



This symposium is supported by the Toshiba International Fondation and Pola Art Foundation.

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