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  • 1. Louise Boyd,HATII &History of Artl.boyd.3@research.gla.ac.ukspaceArt, Sex, and Institutions: Defining, Collecting, andDisplaying Shunga in the UK and Japan
  • 2. Shunga: sexually explicit art of Edo Japan (1615-1868)Examples of a shunga painting,woodblock print and illustratedbook by Utamaro
  • 3. Common subjects in Edo artLandscape by HokusaiActor print by Kuniyoshi Beautiful women byUtamaroShunga by Harunobu
  • 4. Shunga: omitted, hidden & censored
  • 5. Bilingual Utamaro exhibition cataloguesWith shunga Without shunga
  • 6. Shunga scholarshipPrevious focus• Interpretation• Translation• ContextualisationMy focus• Definitions• Collection history• Exhibitions• Reception
  • 7. Interdisciplinary researchHistoryof artQualitativeresearchPsychoanalysisInterviewsMuseumstudiesFeminismHistory ofCollectingCasestudyQuestionnairesMyPhDInformationmanagementPhilosophicalandmethodologicaltheoriesPhenomenologyHermeneutics
  • 8. What is shunga?春画shunga (literally ‘spring art’)• shunga ≠ erotic art• shunga ≠ pornographic art• shunga = sex art?
  • 9. Art? DefinitionsObscene?Pornography?Erotic?
  • 10. Do definitions matter?
  • 11. Other factors
  • 12. Japan Foundation Japanese-LanguageInstitute, KansaiProgram for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields
  • 13. Research in JapanTokyo National Museum Hokusai exhibition
  • 14. Is nudity erotic?Examples of Western nude Rare example of Japanese nude
  • 15. The International Research Center forJapanese Studies’ database• 367 titles• 101 artists•High resolution photographs•Each book can be fully read
  • 16. Case study
  • 17. Previous exhibitions of shunga
  • 18. Reviewing and analysing literature
  • 19. Survey to locate shunga in the UK
  • 20. Thanks for listening