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Author Tseng, Alice Yu-Ting.

Title The imperial museums of Meiji Japan : architecture and the art of the nation / Alice Y. Tseng.

Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  727.70952 TSEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 285 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-274) and index.
Contents 1. Encounters and Translations: The Origins of Hakubutsukan and Bijutsu -- 2. The Museum in Ueno Park: Styling the Nation -- 3. The Age of the Imperial Museum -- 4. The Imperial Kyoto Museum: Locating the Past within the Present -- 5. The Imperial Nara Museum: Administering History and Religion -- 6. The Hyokeikan Art Museum: Debating the Permanent Place of Art.
Summary "The Imperial Museums of Meiji Japan documents Japan's unification of national art and cultural resources to forge a modern identity influenced by European museum and exhibition culture. Japan's Imperial Museums were conceived of as national self-representations, and their creation epitomized the Meiji bureaucracy's mission to engage in the international standards and practices of the late nineteenth century. The architecture of the museums, by incorporating Western design elements and construction methods, effectively safeguarded and set off the nation's unique art historical lineage." "This book is the first English-language study of the art, history, and architecture of Japan's Imperial Museums, the predecessors of today's national museums in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara, The Imperial Museums of Meiji Japan examines the museums' formative period and highlights cross-cultural influences that enriched and complicated Japan's search for a modern yet historically grounded identity."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Museum architecture -- Japan.
Nationalism and architecture -- Japan -- History -- 19th century.
Nationalism and architecture -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
Architecture and society -- Japan -- History -- 19th century.
Architecture and society -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780295987774 (hardback : alk. paper)
0295987774 (hardback : alk. paper)