ICAS 11 Cultural Programme

Photo Exhibition: China 1979 - A Giant Awakens
Paul van Riel

Tourism in China was very limited until the late 1970s. In 1978 and 1979, Vice President Deng Xiaoping delivered a series of speeches, initiating drastic economic reforms and heralding the development of China's tourism industry. Briefly based in Hong Kong at that time, Dutch photographer Paul van Riel leaped at the opportunity to explore the fascinating ‘sleeping giant’. A ten-day trip in January 1979 took him via Guangzhou to Guilin and Nanning in southwest China. In December, he visited Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou. This exhibition shows a generous selection of black and white photos from both trips. Most of these unique images have never been published.

Dates: 6 July – 28 July 2019
Venue: Culture room of Sijthoff Cultural Centre/Lunchroom, Doezastraat 1b, Leiden
Festive opening: 6 July 2019, 15.30

Book launch and Photo Exhibition: Divine Encounters in Leiden - Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia
Hans Kemp

A ‘hidden’ Asia
Divine Encounters is a photographic odyssey exploring an Asia hiding in plain sight, resilient and vibrant. For just behind the neon signs, the marble and stainless-steel facades, the luxury cars and glitzy shopping malls, lies a different world, revealing itself through elaborate spirit rituals, blood-curdling ceremonies and exuberant festivals.

Exhibition and book
The photos are taken from four different chapters of Divine Encounters: Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asia. In Kemp’s book you can find more images and in depth explanations of ceremonies and rituals in India, Japan and Indonesia, together with stories and impressive photos of divine encounters in Mongolia, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Award-winning Dutch photographer Hans Kemp is the author of seven photography books incl. the acclaimed Bikes of Burden, an ode to Vietnam’s load-carrying motorbikes, a bestseller with more than 100,000 copies sold in four languages.

Dates: 27 June – 19 August 2019
Venue: Leiden City Hall (visitors hall), Stadhuisplein 1, Leiden
Festive opening: 26 June 2019, 17.00

Artwork Exhibition: Humanity’s End as a New Beginning - World Disasters in Myths
Yuriko Yamaguchi

The when, why and how of the End of our planet stay clouded in mystery. Will the earth be covered by ice, will we all perish from heat or lack of oxygen, or will we all be drowned? Long before scholars worried, ancient myths referred to deluges, world fires and other calamities. Still, complete extinction seemed so unbearable that mythical narratives, whether originating from Asia, the Americas, Oceania, Africa or the Middle-East, transformed a disastrous end into a hopeful new beginning – at least for some humans!

We wonder about the vulnerability of human life as much as mythical stories did. Alarming pollution and global warming add unexpected dimensions to narratives from a remote past, reminding us of our responsibility for humanity’s future on our only planet so far.

Japanese-American artist Yuriko Yamaguchi’s first exhibition in the Netherlands consists of thirty artworks inspired by an essay and collected myths in Na ons de zondvloed (After Us the Deluge) by Mineke Schipper. This combined project originated at the Rockefeller Center (Bellagio, Italy) in 2009. The world première of the exhibition was in Japan (Fall 2018). The titles of the artworks and quotes from the mythical stories will be in English. The world première of this show was in Japan in the Fall of 2018.

Dates: 16 July – 30 August 2019
Venue: Leiden University, Rapenburg 70 ('Oude UB'), Leiden
Festive opening: 15 July 2019, 17.00

Exhibition: Panji – Diponegoro – La Galigo Exhibition UNESCO Memory of the World 
pop-up exhibitions on East Asia and South and South-East Asia
University Library

Leiden University Libraries invites you to visit the Asian Library on 17 July and 18 July between 17.00–20.00. You can take a tour of the Asian Library, view the exhibition Memory of the World, which includes three sets of manuscripts listed in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register: Babad Diponegoro, La Galigo and the Panji manuscripts. Furthermore, you can visit a pop-up exhibition – on Wednesday featuring East Asian special collections, on Thursday South and Southeast Asian special collections.

The Asian Library
The Asian Library houses our renowned and extensive Asian collections. These include the largest collection on Indonesia worldwide and some of the foremost collections on South and Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea. .

The Asian Library, built on the rooftop of the University Library, opened in 2017. It serves as an international meeting place with state-of-the-art facilities. The Asian Library offers not only a 150-seat reading room but also features a cinema, an indoor garden, a centre for scholars and fellows, and seminar rooms. In addition, an open stacks area with 4km of Asian materials was created and a 38km storage facility built nearby.

Leiden University is a major international knowledge hub on Asia. Scholars and students from all over the world come to Leiden to participate in top research and teaching programs. Leiden’s unique Asian collections are of inestimable value to support research, teaching and cultural activities.

Exhibition: Panji – Diponegoro – La Galigo Exhibition UNESCO Memory of the World: 23 May – 1 September 2019
Pop-up exhibitions East Asia: 17 July 2019
Pop-up exhibitions South and South-East Asia: 18 July 2019
Venue: University Library, Witte Singel 27, Leiden
Festive opening: Exhibition: Masterpieces from the Collection: 23 May 2019

Asian-European Textiles Exhibition and Workshops
Textile Research Centre

To highlight the theme of the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) – Asia and Europe, Asia in Europe – the Textile Research Centre (TRC) in Leiden has organised an Asia Week that includes a special exhibition and a programme of workshops and lectures.

Out of Asia: 2000 years of textiles
The exhibition Out of Asia: 2000 years of textiles reflects upon the influence of Asia upon European and Middle Eastern textiles and fashion. On display are textiles and garments that were worn and used in Europe, but made from Chinese, Indian and Indonesian cloth, and European and Middle Eastern textiles that were directly or indirectly inspired by Asian and ‘Oriental’ forms.

On show are also much older examples of East–West connections, in the form of silk fragments transported some two thousand years ago along the Silk Roads between China and the Mediterranean, and a Central Asia inspired Roman-period textile from Egypt. Other examples on show date from the eighteenth century to the present day. Particularly interesting is a special display of thirteenth century Indian indigo and marinda textiles produced for the Middle Eastern market and excavated in Egypt.

To go with the exhibition, the TRC is organising from Sunday 14 until Friday 19 July, a series of lectures and practical workshops, which focus on various aspects of textile and dress production and ornamentation, within the context of East-West relationships. For the workshops no prior (practical) knowledge is required. A detailed programme is included on the TRC website.

During the ICAS 11 conference the TRC will be open on Sunday 14 July, 13.00 -19.00 and from Monday to Friday, 15-19 July, 09.30 – 17.30. Entrance to the gallery is free. ICAS 11 participants have free access to the lectures and workshops, but are requested to register in advance, before 1 July at info@trc-leiden.nl. ICAS participants are also invited to consult the TRC collection of some 25,000 textiles and garments. To do so, please contact the TRC director, Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood.

Dates: 14 July – 19 July 2019
Venue: Textile Research Centre, Hogewoerd 164, Leiden

Photo Exhibition: Heritage on the Move
Leiden Global

Heritage on the Move. An interdisciplinary photo exhibition about travelling heritage.
Today, heritage and migration go hand in hand more than ever before. For many reasons, people move around the world, and so does their heritage. LeidenGlobal presents a photo exhibition with photographs by scholars from Leiden showing their idea of the impact of migration on heritage. Cultural heritage is often understood in terms of local identity alone. But in fact, it travels across the globe because of trade, human migrations and many other forms of connectivity, including mass media; and it has done so since times immemorial. In this process, people may change, but so does the cultural ‘heritage on the move’.

Dates: 16 July – 19 July 2019
Venue: Kamerlingh Onnes, Steenschuur 25, Leiden