28 January 2014
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
The Tradition of Copying in Japan – Reproduction in the Ōtsuka Museum of Art
In 1473 Baccio Pontelli was commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV to design a new chapel in the grounds of the present day Vatican. Fast forward to 1994 and Tokyo-based Sakakura Associates were commissioned to design an exact replica; Michelangelo's handiwork replaced with digital prints on a smooth ceramic surface. The copied chapel would be the centrepiece of the newly opened Ōtsuka Museum of Art, Japan, to be appreciated alongside over 1,000 reproductions of masterpieces from the Western tradition.
Chris Bisset of the Architectural Association, winner of the 2013 RIBA WCCA Student Travel Award, visited the museum in summer 2013 and will present his findings and wider research into the tradition of copying in Japan at a free event at the RIBA on the 28 January 2014.
Utilising behind the scenes access and interviews with the museums directors, the talk will consider the museum within the broader context of Japanese attitudes towards preservation and suggest that the West’s universal desire for the original may in fact be its own peculiarity.
For further information on past winners, the award itself and how to apply for the 2014 award please see here.
Free (but booking essential)