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PUBLIC PROPERTIES: MUSEUMS IN IMPERIAL JAPAN. Noriko Aso. Duke University Press, Durham, 2014. Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics and Society. Studies of the Weatherhead East Asia Institute. 316 pp. with 36 ills. 23 x 15 cm. LC 2013-18958 ISBN 9780822354291 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 156029. Publisher's description: In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, Japan's new Meiji government established museums to showcase a national aesthetic heritage. Inspired by Western museums and expositions, these institutions were introduced by government officials hoping to spur industrialization and self-disciplined public behavior, and to cultivate an "imperial public" loyal to the emperor. Japan's network of museums expanded along with its colonies. By the mid-1930s, the Japanese museum system had established or absorbed institutions in Taiwan, Korea, Sakhalin, and Manchuria. Not surprisingly, colonial views of Japanese imperialism differed from those promulgated by the Meiji government. Meanwhile, in Japan philanthropic and commercial museums were expanding, revising, and even questioning the state-sanctioned aesthetic canon. Public Properties describes how museums in Japan and its empire contributed to the reimagining of state and society during the Meiji era, despite vigorous disagreements about what was to be displayed and how and by whom it was to be seen.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Japan — Several Media — Museum Studies
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 156030
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