Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Toshio Watanabe on Modernity and Censorship: Nude Painting Controversy in Meiji Japan (1868-1912)
  • Toshio Watanabe on Modernity and Censorship: Nude Painting Controversy in Meiji Japan (1868-1912)
  • Lecture
  • 4/1/2010
  • 17:30-18:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art
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Event Description
Watanabe is professor and Director of the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London. This talk will investigate perhaps the most famous or rather the most infamous case of censoring a nude painting during the Meiji period (1868-1912) in Japan. This is the so-called Nude Painting Controversy of whether one should censor a nude painting or not that was hotly debated. This case represents a seminal moment in the development of modern Japanese painting and also shows the complex nature of the impact of European ideas on Japanese culture. First, the story of the controversy surrounding Kuroda Seiki’s nude paintings will be sketched, then the development of the ideology of and the practice of law enforcement in the Meiji period will be discussed, and finally the context of the debate within Meiji art will be examined.