Arts and Culture
This paper will examine Japanese art exhibitions in the Spanish cultural landscape during the period between 1950 and the present. This research is important because will draw a full scenery of the most relevant exhibitions celebrated in Spain on Japanese arts. Professors Elena Barlés and David Almazán had researched previously on the subject, but they focus on exhibitions particularly centred on the subject of ukiyo-e, with some specific studies on the exhibitions of the artists Katsushika Hokusai and Ando Hiroshige.
For this purpose, we are selecting the exhibitions organized by Spanish public institutions with Japanese pieces which belong to Spanish collections. The attention will be focus on events held in Madrid, Bilbao, Zaragoza and Barcelona, because of the role of these cities as art exhibition centres. Among the exhibitions we will choose some relevant examples to be analysed.
We will use as main sources the published catalogues of the exhibitions, the interviews to some of the main curators who participated organizing the exhibitions, and the media that picked up the news.
All this material will be analysed in context to find out to what extent these exhibitions are related to the research at the universities, to the increasing value of the collections and to the social interest.