- Feature Exhibition Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Conservation Center for Cultural Properties:
The Conservation of Japanese Art
- December 19, 2020 - January 31, 2021
The Conservation Center for Cultural Properties was established in July of 1980 to serve as a regulated, efficient venue for the conservation of registered cultural properties by private conservation studios. It was the first public art conservation facility in Japan. This exhibition commemorates the Conservation Center's fortieth anniversary by introducing a range of selected works of art that have recently been conserved together with some of the findings made during their conservation process.
Chapter 1．The Value of Presentation: Mountings as Cultural Properties
Just as the frame is chosen to suit the painting in the West, in Japan the mounting textiles are chosen to complement the composition. These fabrics are generally replaced during remounting, but sometimes the textiles themselves have a degree of historical importance; when this is the case, they may be preserved separately and reused in the new mounting. This portion of the exhibition introduces the different types of mountings in Japanese art, their components, their materials, and their myriad conservation processes.