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Published on April 8, 2021

Webinar: Yamanaka & Co.: Early Pioneer of the Global Asian Art Trade

Yamanaka Sadajirō Okina den (Ōsaka-shi: Ko Yamanaka Sadajirō Okina Den Hensankai, 1939), National Diet Library Digital Collections.

On Thursday, April 15, Laura Vigo, the MMFA’S curator of Asian art, will be hosting Yamanaka & Co.: Early Pioneer of the Global Asian Art Trade. This webinar will focus on Yamanaka & Company, one of the leading Asian art dealers in the late 19th and the early 20th century in the United States and Europe.

A family business initially based in Osaka, Japan, it became a global leader in selling Asian art, with clients that included art collecting giants such as the Rockefellers. Examining the history of Yamanaka & Company illustrates the complicated nature of the art market during this period, implicating colonial entanglements, illicit translocation of objects from broader Asia to Europe and North America, and forced sales during WWII.

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

Yamanaka & Co.:
Early Pioneer of the Global Asian Art Trade

Thursday, April 15, 8.30 a.m. – 12 p.m
Free registration

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