ANN: Webinar – Yamanaka & Co.: Early Pioneer of the Global Asian Art Trade (15 Apr 2021, 8:30 am–12 pm EDT)

The next webinar in the series Hidden Networks: Trade in Asian Art will take place on 15 April, with a focus on the Japanese art dealer, Yamanaka & Co.

Yamanaka & Company was one of the most prolific art dealers selling Asian art to buyers in Europe and the United States in the late nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth century. A family business that was initially based in Osaka, Japan, it became a shareholding corporation and a global leader in selling Asian art mainly to a Western clientele. 

Examining the history of Yamanaka & Company illustrates the complicated nature of the art market at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, implicating colonial entanglements, inner Asian translocation of objects, and forced sales during WWII. This webinar will bring together members of the Yamanaka family, academics, and museum specialists who will discuss the impact of the Yamanaka trading activities on today’s museum collections.

8:30 am–12 pm (Montreal/Washington, DC)
1:30 pm–5:00 pm (London)
2:30 pm–6:00 pm (Berlin)
9:30 pm–1:00 am (Osaka)
5:30 am–9:00 am (Seattle)

This program is the second instalment in the series Hidden Networks: Trade in Asian Art, which is co-organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art; Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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