Following the successful exhibition, Dress to Impress, at Perth Museum and Art Gallery (26 May - 27 October 2018), National Museums Scotland are working with the University of Aberdeen and Kirkcudbright Galleries to review local Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections and support two new displays with loans from the national collection. Later this year, we will also be working with Fife Cultural Trust to support a fourth Reveal display at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries.
Dress to Impress, our first local East Asia exhibition ran at Perth Museum and Art Gallery (26 May to 27 October 2018) and revealed a rare Korean robe dating from the 19th century, one of only two in the United Kingdom.
The University of Aberdeen's exhibition, Substance to Style, explored the creative use of different materials used across East Asia to create unique and exceptional pieces of art. It showcased items such as Japanese netsuke, three-thousand-year-old Chinese bronze vessels, a volume of a rare Chinese encyclopaedia and a samurai suit of armour.
Substance to Style was on display at the Sir Duncan Rice Gallery Library from 18 March to 22 August 2019.
With original works, prints, textiles and objects discover the stunning beauty and intricacy of the art of Japan. Japan: Art and Inspiration at Kirkcudbright Galleries brought together three displays looking at Japanese collections from Dumfries Museum and National Museums Scotland, the inspiration of Japan on local Kirkcudbright artists and the work of Utagawa Hiroshige, a Japanese landscape print designer.
This exhibition ran at Kirkcudbright Galleries from 30th March to 9 June 2019.
Featuring rarely seen treasures from Fife's museum collections, as well as loans from National Museums Scotland, the exhibition explores our relationship with China and Japan. From trade and export to East Asia’s influence on Western tastes and fashions, we reveal the stories behind the objects. Who were they made for? How did they come to be in the museum collections? What intriguing tales can they tell? From samurai armour and opium pillows to tiny ivory netsuke and hand-painted porcelain, the exhibition offers a fascinating insight into what museums collect and how objects in museums help connect us to the wider world.
From East to West is on display at Dunfermline Carnegie Library from 24 August to 17 November 2019.