Visual arts, performing arts and design of East Asia

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-OR/20
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Students are offered a general knowledge on artistic and creative languages of the Twentieth Century Japan - painting, photography, graphic and design - from a historical, linguistic and technical perspective, with a special consideration of the relations with the West and Italy in particular. Main events and artists which led Japan to change will be analyzed, from the opening of Japanese ports in 1854 and the novelties introduced in Japanese art, to arrive to analyze the artistic production of the Post-war that created the base of contemporary Japanese art.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the Japanese historical chronology, of the basic Japanese terminology in artistic-historical modern and contemporary field (movements, schools, artists, supports) and the correspondent English and Italian terms. Knowledge of the main events and developments of modern and contemporary Japanese art (painting, photography, graphic, design) in relation to the West.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lessons will be given in presence in classroom and in streaming on the TEAMS platform of the Course for those students that cannot be present for important reasons in classroom. Registration of the seat in the classroom has to follow procedures given by the University.
Course syllabus
Title of the course:
Introduction to the artistic languages in Twentieth century Japan (60 hours, 9 cfu)

- Part A (20 hours, cfu 3):
[Japan opens to the West: exchanges and relations in art and photography from Bakumatsu period to Meiji Era (1854-1912)]
- Part B (20 hours, cfu 3):
[Japan opens to the West: exchanges and relations in arts from Meiji to Showa Eras (1868-1945)]

- Part C (20 hours, cfu 3):
[Artistic developments in Post-War Japan: photography, graphic, design]
Prerequisites for admission
Capacity to read, study and understand texts written in English. For those students who intend to follow also the course of "East Asian Art History" it's preferable (but not mandatory) to give priority to that course of "East Asian Art History" in order to have a basic knowledge of the history of art.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons by use of projections in power point and videos. Proposal of seminars with Japanese and East Asian professors, curators, artists. Calendar of the lessons and details of activities will be published during the course online and through advises on Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Part A
- R. Menegazzo, "Le prime fotografie dall'Asia Orientale: tra documentazione storica e immaginario esotico", in La fotografia come fonte di storia, a cura di G.P. Brunetta e C. A. Zotti Minici, Venezia, IVSLA 2014, pp. 615-634.
- L. Gasparini, R. Menegazzo, H. Yano (edited by), Viaggiatori, fotografi, collezionisti nell'Oriente dell'Ottocento. Fotografie inedite della collezione dell'Ambasciatore Alberto Pansa alla Biblioteca Panizzi di Reggio Emilia, Reggio Emilia, Biblioteca Panizzi Edizioni 2013.
- M. Di Siena (edited by), East Zone. Antonio Beato, Felice Beato e Adolfo Farsari, fotografi veneti attraverso l'Oriente dell'Ottocento, Treviso, Antiga Edizioni, 2011, pp. 20-26 (pp.34-38 inglese).
- R. Menegazzo, "Fotografie e immaginario fotografico nelle silografie dell'ukiyoe Bakumatsu e Meiji" in Giappone, storie plurali, edited by Matteo Casari, Paola Scrolavezza, Aistugia, Bologna, Il libri di Emil, 2013, pp. 207-218.
- Allen Hockley, Cameras, Photographs and Photography in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints, Japanese Art Society of America, 2001, No. 23, pp. 42-63 (J-store online)
- Lessons materials

Part B
- J. Thomas Rimer, Since Meiji: Perspectives on the Japanese Visual Arts, 1868-2000, University of Hawaii Press, 2011. (Or: M. Ozaki, R. Matsubara, Arte in Giappone 1868-1945, Milano, Electa 2013)
- R. Menegazzo, M. Zetti, A. Coletto, Pagine Giapponesi. Immagini e racconti dal Giappone attraverso i libri della Biblioteca Braidense, Milano, Scalpendi, 2019.
-R. Menegazzo, E. Lanza, Giappone. Disegno e design. Dai libri illustrati Meiji ai manifesti d'arte contemporanea, Milano, Nomos, 2021
- Lessons materials

Part C
- R Menegazzo, Domon Ken. Il maestro del realismo giapponese, Milano, Skira 2016.
- R. Menegazzo, "Mingei e Mingu: ridefinire il quotidiano tra artigianato e design contemporaneo", in Giappone. L'arte nel quotidiano. Manufatti dalla collezione Jeffrey Montgomery, Lugano, Museo Vincenzo Vela 2019, pp. 22-33 (English available).
- R. Menegazzo, S. Piotti, WA. The Essence of Japanese Design, Phaidon, 2014 (English ed.).
- Lessons materials
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam. Student is requested to briefly present (few minutes) a free-choice subject among those studied during the course to demonstrate the capacity to research autonomously bibliographic and iconographic materials with a critical approach and an adequate language. Questions by the teacher aim to ascertain the comprehension of the concepts and the knowledge of the specific language, the main currents and personalities of Japanese modern and contemporary arts, design and photography. The exam is valued with a vote out of thirty which will be communicated at the end of the discussion with immediate approval.
Unità didattica A
L-OR/20 - EAST ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGY, ART HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica B
L-OR/20 - EAST ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGY, ART HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica C
L-OR/20 - EAST ASIAN ARCHAEOLOGY, ART HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Next Monday 4 October 4.45 pm on TEAMS, send a message on the chat to be contacted