Annual Conference

At the ICOM Kyoto 2019 25th General Conference

 1 –7 September

Joint sessions with

  • ICFA (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Fine Arts) and
  • GLASS (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass)

ICDAD Individual Sessions

2-3 September 2019

The Future of Tradition in the Arts,East and West

Monday 2 September

ICDAD Sessions 14:30-16:00 (90 min)

Session I. Cross Cultural Influences in Decorative Arts        14:30 –15:25 (55 min)

Moderator: Melissa RINNE (Specialist, Kyoto National Museum, and ICDAD Board)

(Including explanation of ICDAD schedule and logistics)

MEYER, Joachim  Christian Crosses and Islamic Amulet Containers. Curator, The David Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark.

RINÇON, Laurella  Cross-cultural international influences on the creation, collection and presentation of art: "Curating Creolizations: An Ocean of Adornment in Swahili design. National Curator for African collections and Creoles cultures, French Ministry of Culture; Museum expert for UNESCO, France.

MELIKOVA, Shirin  The Land of the Rising Sun and the Land of Fire: Intersections Points. Director, Azerbaijan Carpet Museum and President, ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee, Azerbaijan.


Session II. Japonisme and Chinoiserie in European Interiors  15:25–16:00 (45 min)

Moderator: Maria José TAVARES (Furniture Curator, National Palace of Ajuda, Portugal, and ICDAD Secretary)

FAJCSÁK, Györgyi  Samurai accompanying a noble lady with diadem: Japanese figures and scenes on 18th century murals in Eszterháza/Fertőd (Hungary). Director, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

LOZAR Štamcar, Maja  Two Case Studies: The Perception of Japanese Art in Baroque as Well as Art Deco Interior Design in Slovenia. Senior curator of glass, ceramics and fine arts collection, Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Slovenia.

KRUTISCH, Petra  Lacca povera furniture of the 18th century. A distinctive western transmutation of Asian lacquerware. Curator of Furniture Collection, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany.

ICOM COFFEE BREAK (16:00-16:30)


ICDAD Sessions and ICDAD General Assembly 16:30-18:00 (90 min)

Session III. The Future of Tradition  16:30–17:25 (55 min.)

Moderator: Kai LOBJAKAS (Director, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, and ICDAD Board)

MAEZAKI Shinya and YAMAMOTO Masako  Introducing Kyoto’s Decorative Art Traditions to the World: Possibilities and Challenges as Experienced through the Production of Google Arts & Culture Made in Japan    Kyoto Women’s University, Ritsumeikan University, Japan..

MA Min              How the Future of Museums Affect Arts and Crafts Industry and Traditional Cultural Heritage. Associate Curatorial Research Fellow & Independent Curator, National Museum of China, Beijing, China.

IRWIN, Kate, and BREWER, Laurie Designing Traditions: A new way of looking, learning, and creating from a university collection. Curator, Costumes & Textiles, RISD Museum (Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design), Providence, RI, USA.

TRAN, Cong Minh  A Vietnamese Traditional Decorative Art Using Shell on Wooden Materials: Threats and Opportunities in Preserving and Developing Historical Values of Items in Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam. Vice Director, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam.

DURSTON, Diane  SHOKUNIN: Five Kyoto Artisans Look to the Future. Curator Emerita, Portland, Oregon, USA.


Session IV. ICDAD General Assembly  17:25–18:00 (35 min.)


Tuesday 3 September


ICDAD Sessions 13:30-16:00 (150 min)


Session V. East Asian Ceramics Around the World (13:30–14:35, 65 min.)

Moderator: Rosita NENNO (Freelance curator and researcher and ICDAD Board)

HUANG Lan-yin. Tradition, Imitation and Interaction: Pattern and Transformation of Yongle (1403-1424) and Xuande (1426-1435) Blue-and-white Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty. Curator, National Palace Museum, Taiwan.

NAGAHISA Tomoko. “Aie-Oranda Utsushi”: Japanese Blue-and-White with Western-like Landscape Painting―An Example of Merged “Western” Vision in Pre-modern Sinocentric Japanese Culture. Curator / Manager of Curatorial Division, The Tokugawa Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan.

KOS, Mateja  East- Asian ceramics collection at the National Museum of Slovenia. Senior curator of glass, ceramics and fine arts collection, National Museum of Slovenia, and Professor, History of Applied Art and Museology, Maribor University, Slovenia.

Jékely Zsombor  The Budapest Drawing of the Fonthill Vase. Director of Collections, Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

FURIHATA Junko  Conservation Science and Explorations of Cultural Exchange. Senior Curator of Conservation Science, Kyoto National Museum, Japan.

VAN DER WALL, Frauke  East Asian influence on European Ceramics and other objects, with examples of the collections in the Museum für Franken in Würzburg. Curator of collections of decorative arts and the cabinet of prints and drawings, Museum für Franken in Würzburg, Germany.


BREAK (14:30–14:45)


Session VI. Tradition and Innovation in Japanese Tea Ceramics (14:45–15:30, 45 min.)

Moderator: Shinya MAEZAKI (Associate Professor, Kyoto Women’s University)

MASKE, Andrew  Enhancing the Experience of Small Art Objects in Museums. Associate Professor of Art History, University of Kentucky, USA.

DEGAWA, Tetsuro  The Reception of Song Dynasty Tenmoku Tea Bowls as Tea Utensils in Japan. Director, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan.

SCHLEY, Harrison  Back to the Source: Revivalism in the Ceramics Workshops of Eiraku Zengorō and Mori Yūsetsu. Ph.D. candidate (Japanese art history and history of the Edo period), University of Pennsylvania, USA.

SANG Seung Yeon  Reimagining Nonomura Ninsei as “Artist-Potter”: The Saikokai and the Rise of Ceramic Appreciation in Taishō Japan. Kyujanggak Visiting Scholar, Seoul National University, Korea.


Session VII. Innovative Methods of Presenting Asian Art (15:30–16:00, 30 min.)

Moderator: Mary LEWINE (Research Fellow, Nara National Museum)

KANER, Simon Presenting Asian art and archaeology collections in a comparative perspectiveDirector of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, UK.

LAI Chih-I  The Timeless Three Kingdoms Legend: Displaying the Future of Traditional Themes in ArtsAssistant Curator, National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.

OBIEN, Rodney Zi Chuan: The Ekphrastic Perfection of Calligraphy, Poetry, and Art. College Archivist/Associate Professor, Keene State College


ICOM COFFEE BREAK (16:00-16:30)


ICDAD Sessions  16:30-18:00 (90 min)

Session VIII. Japonisme (16:30 –17:05, 35 min.)

Moderator: Annamarie SANDECKI (Archivist, Tiffany’s & Co. and ICDAD Board)

HATA, Tomoko The Influence of Japanese Decorative Art Works on Western countries in the 19th century. Chief Curator, decorative arts specialist, The Museum of Kyoto, Japan.

TAVARES, Maria José  Gifts, Inheritance, and Acquisitions: Japan and Japonisme in the Royal Palace of Ajuda. Furniture Curator, National Palace of Ajuda, Portugal, and ICDAD Board Member

FORRAY-CARLIER, Anne  French or Japanese lacquer? Chief curator in charge of 17th–18th c. European decorative art. Musée des Arts décoratifs, France.


Session IX. Tradition and Innovation in Textiles and Design (17:05– 18:00, 55 min.)

Moderator: Helena Koenigsmarková (Director, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, and

ICDAD Chair)

RINNE, Melissa             Tradition and Innovation in Historical Kyoto Textiles Preserved in Western Museums. Specialist, Kyoto National Museum, and ICDAD Board Member

FULLER, Stephanie  Weaving the contemporary and the traditional. Director, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, UK.

ISLAM, Md. Serajul  Portrayal of Bengal Culture in Nakshi Kantha Collections of Bangladesh National Museum.. Deputy Keeper, Department of Ethnography and Decorative Art, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh.

OYAMA, Yuzuruha  Kimono: Fashioning Identities  Senior Curator of Asian Textiles and Costume History, Tokyo National Museum, Japan.

MUELLER, Laura J.  Refashioning Beauty: Nature and Its Power to Infuse History with Contemporary Relevance. Curator of Art, Portland Japanese Garden, USA


ICDAD, ICFA, GLASS Joint Sessions

4 September

The Future of Tradition in the Arts, East and West

13:30-16:00 (150 min)

Session I. The Future of Tradition in the Arts, East and West (45 min.)

Introduction (5)

BRADBURNE, James, and KOENIGSMARKOVA, Helena Museums of Art and the Art of Museums: Learning from the Past to Re-invent the Future. Director, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italy; Director, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (UPB), Czech Republic.

VON DER SCHULENBURG, Stephan 亞歐堂 Meet Asian Art. Curator of the Asian Collection, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

BUCKLAND, Rosina Displaying Japan in Canada in/for the 21st century. Bishop White Committee Curator of Japanese Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.

Session II. Presentation of Asian Art in Western Museums (1) (35 min.)

Introduction (5)

KIM, Min-Jung Working in the Exotic West: A Case Study at MAAS. Curator of Asian of Decorative Arts and Design, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences at the (MAAS, also known as Powerhouse Museum), Sydney, Australia.

KURTOVIC Ileana Perspectives on curating Asian art in different European museums. Assistant Curator, Typhlological Museum, Croatia.

SAKAMOTO Shouji Japanese and Chinese Paper in Rembrandt Etchings. Researcher, Ryukoku University, Japan / Visiting Researcher, Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation, France.

(10-minute break)

Session III. Cross-Cultural Influences of Japanese Art (55 min.)

Introduction (5)

TSUCHIDA Ruriko Fusion of East-West Culture in the Vase with Floral Poem Design by Emile Gallé. Curator in Chief, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan.

LARA, Regina, and ALMEIDA, Teresa Brazil and Japan merge into pottery culture, Brazil and Portugal

AOKI Kanae Japonisme as Cross-cultural Impact: German Woodblock Prints and Japanese 'Creative Prints' Movement. Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan.

ERICANI, Giuliana Japan in the Italian collections from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. A museological opportunity , Italy

16:30-18:00 (90 min)

Session IV. Tradition and Innovation in the Arts and in Museum Presentations (45 min.)

Introduction (5)

KRAUS, Eva Aesthetic Signatures and Display Strategies Director, Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg (Germany)

SUN, Miao From Displays to Experiences- Review on the painting and calligraphy exhibitions of the Palace Museum. Associate Researcher and Deputy Head of Exhibition Department, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China.

LIEFKES, Reino Ewin and Gretel Eisch, Radical responses to local traditions: the beginnings of Studio Glass in Europe, Senior Curator and Head of Ceramics and Glass, V&A Museum, London, UK.

Session V. Presentation of Asian Art in Western Musuems (2) (45 min.)

Introduction (5)

BINCSIK, Monika Revisiting the concept of kōgei and integrating contemporary Japanese decorative arts into The Metropolitan Museum's collections. Diane and Arthur Abbey Assistant Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

REINEKE, Anika New Neighbors: Eastern and western folding screens in the collections of the National Museums of Berlin. Research fellow, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany.

HAUSCHKE, Sven East meets West: Shige Fujishiro's 'Hanami' - a glass installation from 2013 Director, Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Germany

LIN, Annie Ting-An Exploring the Role of Chinese Objects in an Ethnographic Narrative: an analysis on the permanent exhibition of Museo Delle Culture di Milano (MUDEC). Recent MA Graduate, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Final Comments

Offsite Visits on 5 September: On 5 September, each of the three International Committees will host individual tours and site visits curated especially for its members. ICDAD is planning a program of Kyoto museum and other site visits for this day to introduce its members to the rich decorative art traditions in Japan’s ancient capital and cultural center. Due to visitor limits at some sites, we may divide into smaller groups. Details about these visits will be posted in the ICDAD session room at the ICC Kyoto during the conference, with sign-up on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For information about planned offsite visits of ICFA (, and GLASS (, please refer to their websites.

Excursions on 6 September
ICDAD is not planning special excursions for this day, so please sign up for excursions through the general ICOM Kyoto 2019 website