Professor Toshio Watanabe
TrAIN Member - Research Professor
I grew up in a transnational environment. My father is Japanese and my mother German from Transylvania in Romania. I was born in Bern, Switzerland, but grew up in Japan. I studied at the Universities of Sophia (in Tokyo), Tokyo, London (Courtauld Institute of Art) and Basel, where I completed my PhD. I first started to teach at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic, where I ran the MA in History of Art and Design. Then I came to Chelsea in 1986, initially as the Head of Art History, later becoming Head of Research and now the Director of the TrAIN Research Centre.
I am an art historian, studying mostly the period 1850-1950, and am interested in exploring how art of different places and culture intermingle and affect each other. I have worked in the field of Anglo-Japanese relationships in art, and publications in this field include High Victorian Japonisme (1991. Winner of the Prize of the Society for the Study of Japonisme), Japan and Britain: An Aesthetic Dialogue 1850-1930 (1991, Japanese edition 1992, co-edited), and Ruskin in Japan 1890-1940: Nature for art, art for life, (1997, Winner of 1998 Japan Festival Prize and of 1999 Gesner Gold Award).
I was the Principal Investigator of the three year TrAIN research project ‘Forgotten Japonisme: The Taste for Japanese Art in Britain and the USA, 1920s-1950s’, funded by the AHRC. I am interested in dealing with any relevant medium, whether architecture, design or painting, but more recently I have been concentrating on investigating the modern Japanese garden in its transnational context. I am also fascinated by the history of Japanese art history and would like to examine more how Japan’s struggle with modernity was affected by not only Western but also other Asian cultures.
TrAIN/KSB (Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral) Resident Artist 2012 | Katharina Dubno Exhibition | WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME
TrAIN/KSB are pleased to announce that between 19th and 28th of September 2012 The Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Art and Design shall exhibit the work of Katharina Dubno, TrAIN/Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral Resident Artist 2012.
WHAT THE WATER GAVE ME
Rivers of water run down my London apartment window and again make me want to flee London.
Find out more about Katharina Dubno: What the Water Gave Me
Nation, Identity and Modernity, Visual Culture of India, Japan and Mexico, 1860s-1940 was funded by the AHRC (then AHRB) between 2001 and 2004. A collaboration between The University of Sussex and the University of the Arts London, this major research project was led by Professors Partha Mitter, Oriana Baddeley and Toshio Watanabe.
Find out more about Nation, Identity and Modernity
From the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan, like the rest of the world, was shaken by the transformations that followed its encounter with industry and empire. The country entered a new era, named after the Meiji emperor, and embarked on an ambitious programme of modernization, centred on Tokyo, its new capital.
Find out more about UK-Japan lecture series ‘Tokyo Futures, 1868-2020’
Friday 20 Apr, 2012,
11:00 to 18:00
The Mosaic Rooms
Completed PhD - Producing and collecting for Empire: African textiles within the V&A Museum
Despite billing itself as “the world’s greatest museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity” during the nineteenth and most of the twentieth century it was the V&A’s general policy not to collect African artefacts. This was largely due to a curatorial division between objects associated with “art” and “ethnography.
Find out more about Nicola Stylianou
Completed PhD - The Traces of a Traveller, Textile-Based Narrative
This research project is designed through the use of a metaphorical ‘traveller’, to record the readings of environment and the ‘traces’ of a traveller’s observations. It starts from the author’s own cultural context, and then crosses through the journey into a new cultural vision.
Find out more about Shu-fang Huang
Completed PhD - From Victorian to Modernist: the changing perceptions of Japanese architecture encapsulated in Wells Coates’ Japonisme
This thesis chronicles the change in perception of Japanese architecture from the Victorian era, where it was little recognised, to its becoming an inspiration for inter-war modernist architecture and lifestyle; it aims to record how Japanese art, particularly the way in which it was displayed, underwent a similar renaissance, and the part played by architect-engineer, Wells Coates, in this reversal of opinion.
Japanese ‘influence’ on British design from the mid-1850s until the development of Art Nouveau is generally accepted, but during the inter-war period inspiration from Japan is less readily acknowledged.
Find out more about Anna Basham
Completed PhD - AHRC Studentship for the project Forgotten Japonisme
I was born and grew up in Poland. In 1994, I moved to London, which has been my home ever since.
Find out more about Piotr Splawski
Completed PhD - Interpreting Japan : Central European Architecture and Design 1920 – 1940
Central Europe has historically been an area with rich cultural networks and significant centres such as Prague, Berlin or Vienna. These centres were cultural melting pots with multilingual and multicultural environments accommodating a mixture of nationalities.
Find out more about Helena Capkova