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SOLD OUT: Transcultural Japan

Saturday at 2:00 pm on



Designmuseum Danmark`s Banquet Hall


November 4th, 2023 at 2pm – 6pm


Participation is free, but ticket booking is required.

The ticket gives access to the event, but not entrance to the exhibitions.

Japanese tea and a glass of wine are included in the ticket.


Note: Tickets are not refundable, but may be passed on.

Transcultural Japan

Japanese artefacts have played an important role in the foundation of Designmuseum Danmark. From the beginning, the museum collected and displayed objects from Japan as a means to provide inspiration for Danish artisans and designers. Still today Japanese art and culture has a prominent position in the museum collection.

It is therefore highly appropriate to have an afternoon with lectures on Japan at the museum. Four international experts will present new research on Japanese art and culture in a transcultural perspective. The four lectures refer to traditional Japanese art forms such as porcelain, architecture, wood block prints, and classical dance. At the same time, they will offer new perspectives on how Japanese art and culture has been part of a global interchange of artistic practices and aesthetics modes.



Clare Pollard: “An underglaze blue landscape vase by Miyagawa Kōzan I: a spotlight on transcultural exchange in Japanese ceramics of the Meiji era (1868-1912)”

Jens Sejrup: “A local universal modernity: Le Corbusier’s building for the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo as World Heritage”

Asato Ikeda: “The Politics of Art Collecting: Canada’s Museum Building and the Japanese Empire”

Gunhild Borggreen: “Exhibiting Japan in 1933: Cultural Entanglements in the Design Museum Archive”


Moderator: Anne-Louise Sommer, director Designmuseum Danmark.

Japanese tea will be served during the break. After the lecture you are welcome to stay for a glass of wine.

The event is supported by Novo Nordisk Foundation grant for Art History Research.