The poles of civilisation

Hamano, Toshihiro, Dollhopf, Gunter and Oshima, Hiroko (2006) The poles of civilisation. [Show/Exhibition]

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This output, a two-person exhibition organized by the Ryu and the International Print Triennial Society (SMTG) in Krakow, placed new prints by Hamano alongside works by Gunter Dollhopf, a German artist who won the Grand Prix at the 1991 Triennial. In his forward to the catalogue, Witold Skulicz (SMTG President) writes of the mutually-dependent paradigms of tradition and progress that shape the concept of civilisation around the world. For the Ryu, this theme has an educational dimension. When Hamano inaugurated the Association (1971) he also set up two Ryu art schools. The relationship with CARcentre promotes similar pedagogic development in the context of the European art school and this output represents the type of visual arts interaction (one that fully recognises distinct historical attitudes to tradition and progress) that creates new intellectual frameworks for Japanese art students who want to study in the West. Since 1995, when the University arranged for Hamano to design a Japanese garden for the Westlakes Research Institute in Cumbria, the Ryu Art Centre (established at Northumbria in 1991) has facilitated periods of study for Japanese students, both from the Ryu schools and other similar institutions, at Northumbria University, the University of Ljubljana and the Academy of Fine Art, Krakow. These facilitation projects realised the Association’s exploration of cross-cultural learning in the context of practice-led research. In all, fifteen students from the Ryu schools have come to Northumbria to study. Two have followed the master’s research preparation route and are currently undertaking practice-led research as doctoral members of CARcentre (see outputs 1 and 2). This movement of students from Japan into the teaching and research environments of European art institutions underpins the symbolic content of the ‘The Poles of Civilisation’ exhibition.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2008 11:03
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:11

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