Brunei Gallery, SOAS

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The Brunei Gallery is an exciting modern venue situated in the heart of London, a five minute walk from the British Museum. Opposite the main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University), Europe's leading centre for the study of Asia and Africa, the gallery is dedicated to showing work of and from Asia and Africa, of both a historical and contemporary nature, through a programme of changing exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Museum

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Opening hours

10.30 - 17.00 Tuesday - Saturday.
Open until 20:00 Thursday.
Closed: Sun and Mon.
please check for additional weekend opening times for certain exhibitions

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Photography, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Namibian couples dancing to jive or jazz music in a black and white photo from the 1950s

Stolen Moments – Namibian Music History Untold (1950-80s)

  • 12 July — 21 September 2019 *on now

The exhibition reveals what back then remained almost unheard by a large part of the population due to censorship and segregation. This is the story of those who, despite the propagated oppression, formed bands, resisted this cultural imposition, followed global trends, experimented with traditional sounds, played every weekend in backdoor ballrooms and danced their way through decades of extreme racial injustice.

Curated by Namibian scholars and produced in co-production with an international group of artists, filmmakers and photographers, the exhibition showcases an extensive photographic collection, a 120min. video projection that revisits the dance styles of the 1950s-80s, 14 listening stations featuring Namibia’s music legends, a sound installation that explores a selection of over 100-hours of interviews with musicians and contemporary witnesses and a large collection of and record covers and music memorabilia which profile Namibia’s much under-represented musical subcultures.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Open: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 - 17:00
Late night Thursday until 20:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission: Free

Website

https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/stolen-moments/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Makie Box with Bird & chrysanthemum thicket, Liquor cup, 2 Trays, Tea powder Case and incense case

A Secret Beauty: The Spirit of Japanese Maki-e

  • 11 July — 21 September 2019 *on now

Lacquer has been used in Japan for almost 10,000 years to protect and decorate objects, such as wood, bamboo, earthenware, and textiles. Its resistance to moisture and degradation make it a useful coating for utensils, storage containers, furniture, sculpture and wooden architecture. As a decorative medium, lacquer has had a high status in Japan.

The artist, Koyanagi Tanekuni studied makie and Japanese aesthetics under three holders of the title Ningen kokukō (‘Intangible Cultural Property’ also known as ‘Living National Treasure’), namely Matsuda Gonroku (1896–1986), Ōba Shōgyo (1916-2012), and Taguchi Yoshikuni (1923-1998). As a renowned makie artist for the past 50 years, Koyanagi has been a regular exhibitor at the “Japan Traditional Art Crafts Exhibition”, as well as contributing works to many group and one-man exhibitions.

For half a century, he has produced both traditional and contemporary lacquer work maintaining the highest technical and artistic standards.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Open: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:30 - 17:00
Late night Thursday until 20:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission: Free

Website

https://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/a-secret-beauty/

Getting there

Nearest underground: Russell Square

Brunei Gallery, SOAS
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London
Greater London
WC1H 0XG
England

Website

http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery

E-mail

gallery@soas.ac.uk

Telephone

Recorded Information

020 7898 4046

Reception

020 7898 4915

Fax

020 7898 4259

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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