Buddhist Art and its Conservation: London 2013


18.30 – 21.00, Friday 3 May (with registration from 18.00)

Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum,
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

10.00 – 18.00, Saturday 4 May (with registration from 09.30)

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

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Buddhist art and its conservationBetel box in the form of a sacred goose or hintha (associated with the Buddhist shrine). Teak, gilded lacquer, semi-precious stones, metal and glass. Burma, c1800-70, V&A IS.11:14-1969

Speaker(s): Mark Barnard (The British Library); Sharon Cather (The Courtauld Institute of Art); John Clarke (Victoria and Albert Museum); Alexandra Green (The British Museum); Beth McKillop (Victoria and Albert Museum); Divia Patel (Victoria and Albert Museum); Sascha Priewe (The British Museum); Stephen Rickerby (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Lisa Shekede (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Giovanni Verri (The Courtauld Institute of Art); Quanyu Wang (The British Museum); Frances Wood (The British Library)

Ticket/entry details: £20 (£12 students and concessions: over 60). Complimentary places available for V&A, British Museum, British Library staff and Courtauld staff/students with advance booking required.
BOOK ONLINE: http://courtauld-institute.digitalmuseum.co.uk Or send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating ‘Buddhist Art and its Conservation’

For further information, email ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk or call 07834 521471

Organised by: Professor David Park (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and John Clarke (Victoria and Albert Museum)

London is a world centre for collecting, curating and conserving Buddhist art. To bring together these essential but often disparate strands, the Research Forum is hosting this conference organised by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and its Conservation at The Courtauld and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Drawing on the richness of London institutions, the programme includes speakers from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, the British Library and The Courtauld Institute. Presentations cover a wide diversity of object types: the Diamond Sutra, the earliest surviving printed book; early painted copies of the wall paintings of Ajanta; a bronze Buddha of the Yongle period; the myriad wall paintings of Dunhuang and Bhutan; a mixed-media shrine from Burma; a Korean slate funerary chest; and a Burmese manuscript. Similarly, a range of important regions is represented: Bhutan, Burma China, India, and Korea.

The conference opens on Friday evening at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the keynote lecture on the Diamond Sutra followed by a reception hosted by the V&A. It continues at The Courtauld on Saturday with a full day of presentations.

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