CONF 16.09.2018

Life and Work of Nagasawa Rosetsu (Zurich, 20-21 Oct 18)

University of Zurich, Switzerland, 20.–21.10.2018
Anmeldeschluss: 20.10.2018

Hans Bjarne Thomsen, University of Zurich

International Symposium:
Rethinking the Life and Work of Nagasawa Rosetsu

The Japanese painter Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754–1799) has increasingly been a source of interest during the last years from popular and academic audiences with numerous exhibitions in Japan and in the West. Rosetsu has long been a name in Western studies of Japanese art, starting with a groundbreaking exhibition at the Denver Art Museum in 1973 and the publication by Robert Moes from the same year. Presently he is represented at an outstanding exhibition at the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, that feature key works of the artists, seldom seen outside of Japan.

Rosetsu has been the center of controversy over a long time, from the different versions of his contested biography to the questions of how to interpret the artist and his work. For decades he has been relegated to a list of eccentric artists, which serves little but to obscure a serious discussion of the artist and his remarkable works. At this time of great popularity and exposure to the public in the East and the West, a rethinking of the artist and his works seems highly overdue.

For this purpose, the University of Zurich has invited the top Japanese scholars who have been working on Rosetsu over the last years. We have planned a two-day conference with presentations and discussions and are inviting both younger and more established scholars, including Professors Yasuhiro Satō and Motoaki Kōno, who has been working on Rosetsu since the 1970s. Among the younger stars in the field, we are inviting Momo Miyazaki and Hideyuki Okada who have recently changed Rosetsu scholarship in significant ways.

The aim is to gather these scholars and to have them engage with each other and pool their knowledge into meaningful discussions. The expected result of the conference is to spread wider knowledge of this outstanding artist among the scholarly community and among the public. We also hope that discoveries in the life and works of the artist will be a lasting result of this conference.


Saturday, 20th October 2018

10:15 – 11:15
佐藤康宏 Satō Yasuhiro, University of Tokyo
「長澤蘆雪における〈反動〉― 應舉の氷を破る」
Rosetsu’s Backlash: Breaking the Ice of Ōkyo

11:15 – 12:15
野口剛 Noguchi Takeshi, 根津美術館 Nezu Art Museum
Moonlight and the Return of Sentiment: Nagasawa Rosetsu in Comparison to His Master Maruyama Ōkyo

14:15 – 15:15
岡田秀之 Okada Hideyuki, 嵯峨嵐山日本美術研究所 Saga-Arashiyama Institute for Japanese Art
On the Early Works by Rosetsu

15:45 - 16:45
河野元昭 Kōno Motoaki, 静嘉堂文庫 Seikadō Bunko Art Museum
Changes in Rosetsu Reception That I Have Observed Over the Years

16:45 - 17:45
中谷伸生 Nakatani Nobuo, Kansai University
Osaka Painters and Rosetsu

Sunday, 21st October 2018

14:00 – 15:00
宮崎ももMiyazaki Momo, 大和文華館 Yamato Bunkakan
On the Finger Paintings of Rosetsu

15:00 – 16:00
Hans Bjarne Thomsen, University of Zurich
The Kansai Eccentric

16:30 - 17:30
筒井忠仁 Tsutsui Tadahito, 文化庁Agency for Cultural Affairs
From Nanki to Hiroshima: The Transition of the Nagasawa Rosetsu’s Style and the Transformation of his Spirit


For details, please refer to the symposium homepage:

The symposium is free and open to the public. No prior registration is required.

Presentations will be in Japanese and in English. Texts in English will be supplied for presentations held in Japanese.
For questions, please contact the Section for East Asian Art:

The symposium is organized by the Section for East Asian Art, University of Zurich, and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss-Japanese Society, and the University of Zurich Foundation (Hochschulstiftung)

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