Posted 10 September 2009 - 06:12 AM
Thanks again for the great pics and info. I'd like to co-ordinate my next trip to Sydney with Colin's visit to the gallery, so, looking forward to the dates. Lastly, I was unable to find any reference to the display on the gallery website, do you (or Colin) know if they have anything in the works?
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Posted 12 January 2010 - 10:55 AM
On the 18th of February, Colin will be attending at the Art Gallery to clean the swords. He is inviting NMB members to attend on the day and have a closeup study of the swords and fittings on display. This is a fantastic opportunity and well worth the effort.
Please let me know if you want to take up the invitation and I'll pass your name on to Colin.
Posted 12 January 2010 - 03:09 PM
What a fantastic effort. Congratulations to the collectors, the co-ordinators and drivers of this exhibition...not least to the enlightened management and curatorial staff of the Art Gallery of NSW. In contrast to this is the Western Australian Museum. It had a very creditable Arms and Armour Collection on display at Fremantle from 1974-1990. It included a sizeable portion of the Japanese swords, yari and yoroi in their collection. It was consistantly the highest appreciated display in visitor surveys (all age groups, genders etc). When the History Department of the WAM was taken over by the "new breed" of curators mid 80's, the display was viewed by them as "boy's toys" and "death machines" and was finally removed to storage. Consequently, only a dozen or so people have seen the collection in the last 20 years. One reason I compiled the "Japanese Swords and Fittings in the Western Australian Museum Collection" catalogue in 1989 was that I knew it would be the only way the interested public could ever access the collection, so, despite its faults, this catalogue is "all there is" now.
How great it would be if the WAM would allow access to the collection as an art display in the Art Gallery next door. Sadly, in Western Australia, the "new breed" thinking still holds sway! Great effort everyone...I can only dream of such enlightened progress!!!!
Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:06 AM
I would have thought the right thing to do is to show ALL the Museum Collections by rotation I remember one of the swords on display was donated to the Museum they must be turning in their graves its sad that people will not get the chance to see what
the past was like this is the age of the selective Museum it shows only what is politically correct Jim
Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:03 AM
The success of the display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales is due to presenting swords as "Art", NOT weapons. Colin has been particularly adamant about this point and this is the recipe for success.
The evolution of the sword and samurai is understood by most but what most people do not know is that the Japanese sword is now viewed as "Art". This not only applies to the sword and fittings, but also the artisans, swordsmith, shirasaya maker, polisher etc, some of whom are living National Treasures. 'Art level' certificates issued to swords, some ranging into the 100's of thousands of $$. This is what makes people listen and brings the sword into a different sphere.
I don't want to debate these points in the interest of keeping the Art Gallery thread focused. But presenting the sword as 'Art' is paramount these days.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:02 AM
of the exhibition coming to Melbourne some day ? There must be collectors in Melbourne who would support a exhibition as a lot
us don't get to see a lot of good swords up close. Not just photos,also just to clarify when you are speaking about Art level certificates issued to swords, you mean NBTHK type papers ? A lot of the time It seems that price makes people have a look
then move on to the fact its art. Bravo to all,you have achieved much At some point I hope to see it thank you Jim :D
Posted 30 January 2010 - 12:24 AM
Most of these swords have previously been displayed at the Hamilton and Benalla Art Galleries in regional Victoria. You can see photos of them in this very thread. Of course a display in Melbourne is an objective but none of these things happen quickly and what we want has to fit with their direction. And presenting swords as Art is the only path to receiving recognition.
I am a regular visitor to the Art Gallery here in Melbourne and their display of Egyption, chinese etc artifacts has been there a long time, without change. It is has therefore become somewhat bland to my eyes. This shows a particular reluctance on their part for change. Colin makes a regular trip to Sydney to change the display, so regular admirers/visitors get to see something new.
I have sat and viewed the display at Sydney for long periods, and it is exceptionally popular. Colin has presented talks on 'why' the sword is viewed as Art. It is not an easy concept for some to get their mind around. It is about education.
The art papers I refer to are indeed the NBTHK papers,
Posted 01 February 2010 - 04:50 PM
as to how its going in Sydney, and maybe someone in Melbourne will take note. It give all of us hope as you noted it is exceptionally popular. :D Regards Jim
Posted 14 February 2010 - 11:24 PM
The silence is deafening.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:47 AM
Whatever the field, such dedication/unselfishness to an art deserve for the whole team a
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:09 AM
George do you think that with the new Govt here in WA a petition of sorts could sway them to pressure the Museum to put the Nihonto on display?
They are not like the "pinko, whale hugging PC" crowd that left office.
Just a thought
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 11:32 AM
Advance notice the Colin will be changing the display at the Art Gallery on the 16th of December. NMB members are invited to meet Colin and discuss the displayed items More info to follow.
Posted 12 November 2010 - 08:23 PM
Thanks so much for sharing all the pics.
Posted 13 December 2010 - 08:11 AM
Posted 24 December 2010 - 08:48 AM
DISPLAY AT THE ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, COLIN MCDONALD
WILL BE THERE IN MARCH 2011 TO CHECK THE DISPLAY, IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED
IN A FIRST HAND VIEWING OR WISHES TO
ASK QUESTIONS COLIN WILL BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE PIECES ON DISPLAY.(DATE TO BE ADVISED)
TOP SHELF:- Left to right
1 MICHIMASA (MINATOGAWA JINJA TOSHO)
2 OZAKI SUKETAKA (SHINSHINTO)
3 MASAHIRO (SHODAI) (SHINTO)
4 YAMATO-MINO SENCHUIN (KOTO)
6 OZAKI MASATAKA (SHINSHINTO)
7 SATSUMA TADASHIGE (SHINTO)
8 HAMANO (SCHOOL) (NIO MENUKI)
9 GOTO (SCHOOL) (SHISHI MENUKI)
10 WAKI GOTO (SCHOOL) (SHISHI MENUKI)
11 KAGA (FLYING CRANES) (KOZUKA)
12 GOTO TSU JINPO (TIGER&OGRE)(KOZUKA)
13 ISHIGURO ICHIJU (MON)(TSUBA)
14 HAMANO NAOYUKI (TIGER)(TSUBA)
15 JAKUSHI (CHINESE LANDSCAPE)(TSUBA)
16 JAKUSHI (DRAGONS)(FUCHI-GASHIRA)
17 HAMANO NAOYUKI (TIGER)(KOZUKA)
18 CHU-MIHARA (TACHI) (KOTO)
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 08:57 AM
For those of you organizing to come to the Sydney Taikai and NTHK Shinsa in September you may also want to make the time to see the display at the Art Gallery of NSW organized by Colin McDonald. It is always beautifully presented and of excellent quality. The Art Gallery is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the Metro Sydney Central hotel where the Shinsa is being held again this year. I will get in touch with Colin and see what his plans are for making a presentation during the weekend of the Shinsa so we don't have an overlap with our educational presentations. Hope we see many of you then.
" the truth is hidden in the marble, all you have to do is chip away the myths"
Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:43 PM
I have attached some pics and have many more. For Members unable to attend who would like to see an item in more detail please ask. There is a list above this entry of items on display.
Posted 03 September 2011 - 08:38 AM
Wish I could visit in person... unfortunitly I live on the opposite side of the planet
There's not much going on for nihonto enthusiasts in Georgia. Big surprise, huh...
Thanks for all the good pics and info. You guys keep up the good work.
Posted 05 September 2011 - 09:12 AM
The Koshirae displayed are original, although some have had repairs. The way they are displayed is important, Colin custom makes a stand for each item you see. Presentation and attention to detail really make the display look 1st class and lastly all the items have to meet a certain standard.
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