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Coffee and Chats

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

“Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection” (February 14–July 26, 2020), Timon Screech, professor of the history of art at SOAS University of London, presents the lecture “Into the Kaleidoscope: Painting in Edo Japan.” Curator Rachel Saunders offers a brief introduction to the exhibition before the lecture.

Japanese art of the early modern Edo period (1615–1868) is spectacularly diverse, astonishing for both its quality and quantity. Had a person from the era been asked to account for this efflorescence, how would they have explained it? This lecture will address the circumstances that allowed such proliferation to occur and how it was perceived using visual materials, diaries, and critiques to re-create an “art mentality” for the age.

“Painting Edo”, the largest exhibition ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums, offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world.

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The Art of Persia

The Persians once ruled a vast empire from Egypt to Northern India, but their culture was very nearly lost. While the history of their ancient kings was almost forgotten, waves of conquering dynasties brought a new language and a new religion. But despite subjugation, blood and revolution, Persia’s culture flourished. Iranians’ sense of identity helped them weather the storms of conquest and their art and language became the weapons of resistance and defiance.

Join Samira Ahmed on an unforgettable trip around Iran’s rich and colourful past, as she walks through the ruins of an empire that very nearly forgot itself.

The Art Of Persia is a BBC Studios Production. The Series Producer and Director is Richard Downes. The Executive Producer is Matthew Springford. The series was commissioned by Mark Bell for BBC Arts and BBC Four.

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Book Club Recommendations

Travellers in the Third Reich, The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People by Julia Boyd

Without the benefit of hindsight, how do you interpret what’s right in front of your eyes?

The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt – of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust?

Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating first-hand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett. Their experiences create a remarkable three-dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler – one so palpable that the reader will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere.

These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history. Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction.

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