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Invitation Symposium “Topics in Japanese Lacquer Art” Heinz Kaempfer Fund

Dear Members,

On 25 November the Heinz Kaempfer Fund cordially invites the members of the Asian Art Society VVAK and their partners to participate in a symposium on a variety of topics in Japanese lacquer art. Lectures will be given by leading experts in the field from both Europe and Japan.
The symposium will be organized in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Modern Japanese Lacquerware’ in the Japanmuseum SieboldHuis in Leiden.


12:15-13:00   Registration at the desk of the Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden
13:00-13:05   Welcome by Jan Dees, chairman Heinz Kaempfer Fund
13:05-13:35   Julia Hutt: On the Origin of Inrō
13:35-14.05   Menno Fitski: The Amsterdam Chest or the Batavia Chest?
14.05-14:35   Dave van Gompel: Between Progress and Preservation:the Difficult Future of Japanese Lacquer
14:35-15:05   Coffee/tea break
15:05-15:35   Monika Kopplin: Japanese Chinoiseries in French Lacquer Furniture
15:35-16:05   Yoshie Itani: A Reevaluation of Yamazaki Kakutarō
16:05-16:30   Panel discussion
16:30-16:55   Closing ceremony
16:55-17:00   Closing Remarks by Arisumi Mitamura
17:00-18:00   Drinks

Venue: Grand auditorium on the first floor of the Museum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden, Tel. 088 0042803


Members of the Asian Art Society VVAK and their partners can register for the symposium by transfering € 30 (per individual) to the bank account of the Heinz Kaempfer Fund (€ 40 for non-members). You will receive a confirmation within 10 days after receipt. At the same time you are kindly requested to send an email to the treasurer Mr Berbee: to enable a confirmation email of your registration, which you will receive within 10 days after receipt
Students only pay € 15.

The audience is limited to 100 participants. Registration will be on ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. In case of cancellation by the participant before November 15th, the full fee will be refunded (no refunding after this date).

Registration of VVAK members:
Heinz Kaempfer Fund
IBAN: NL56 INGB 0007 3863 38
Specification: Lacquer symposium

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