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Preserving cultural properties in Universities

Preserving cultural properties in Universities
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Thus far, we have examined preservation and inheritance of cultural properties through the case of the relocation of the Noguchi Room. We also confirmed that, in order to preserve cultural properties, it’s necessary to share their value, and awareness-raising and use must continue while ensuring preservation. This week, we will look at preservation and use of the Ex-Noguchi Room in connection with cultural properties at the university, especially buildings. When you hear talk of “preservation” of cultural properties, what sort of images does that evoke? I imagine many of you have an image of storing things in the repositories of museums. However, preservation activities may also be carried out outside of repositories.
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For example, on the Mita Campus of Keio University, there is a mural called Democracy by Genichiro Inokuma in the cafeteria, and the campus grounds are dotted with sculptures. This is an issue that goes beyond Keio University. Artistic resources such as buildings and university-related works of art are not uncommon on university campuses. How can we preserve and use diverse cultural properties at universities, whose characteristics differ from museums? Together, we will consider better approaches, by sharing know-how on preservation and use of cultural properties within a university, using the Ex-Noguchi Room as a specific example.

Welcome to Week 2

This week, we will look at preservation and utilization of cultural properties at Keio University, with a special focus on the Ex-Noguchi Room. The material is divided into three sections covering: examples of preservation/restoration, procedures for use, and examples of use. As you learn about these topics, we’d like you to consider how cultural properties can be used.

Cultural properties and artistic resources exist in various places, not just museums. Universities are one such place. In Week 2, we will consider how to achieve both preservation and use of cultural properties, especially buildings, at universities. Keio University has paintings, sculptures, and many other cultural properties on the campus grounds and inside buildings. Maintenance is provided for these properties.

This week, we will think together about the potential for preservation and utilization at universities, through actual examples of preservation/restoration work, utilization, and awareness-raising, with a special focus on the Ex-Noguchi Room. Please take note of the scenes of restoration work by restorers, overviews of events we have planned, and guidelines for use.

Media Usami Cleaning Yagate Subete ga Hitotsu no En no Naka ni (“Eventually They All Come into a Circle No.1”) by Keiji Usami © Keio University Art Center

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Invitation to Ex-Noguchi Room: Preservation and Utilization of Cultural Properties in Universities

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