Opening of Gustavianum exhibition in Tokyo, Japan


Gustavianum's Deputy Director Mikael Ahlund explains the exhibition Art of Natural Science in Sweden:
Treasures from Uppsala University
to the Japanese imperial couple and the Swedish royal couple

Gustavianum, the Uppsala University museum, has produced a grand exhibition of treasures from the university's collections to be shown in Tokyo this spring and summer. The exhibition is about the interplay between art and science in the 1600's and 1700's and was opened on April 23rd in the presence of the Japanese imperial couple and the Swedish royal couple.

On April 23rd, Gustavianum's exhibition The Art of Natural Science in Sweden: Treasures from Uppsala University opened in the presence of the Japanese imperial couple and the Swedish royal couple. The exhibition is part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Swedish-Japanese diplomatic relations, which take place in 2018. Uppsala University was represented at the opening by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Anders Malmberg, together with Marika Hedin and Mikael Ahlund, Director and Deputy Director of Gustavianum.

The exhibition revolves around three distinguished Swedish scientists, Olaus Rudbeck, Carl von Linné and Carl Peter Thunberg, who worked during a period of the 1600's and 1700's, when close ties between art and science were developed. A total of almost seventy carefully selected and unique items are on display to highlight this scientific golden age. These include pictures, illustrated books, engravings, watercolors, portraits and scientific instruments. The aim of the exhibition is to depict this scientific thriving period that occurred in the period 1670-1800 from a Swedish perspective.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Gustavianum and Tokyo University Museum. The exhibition is shown in the Intermediatheque, located in the old post office in central Tokyo, and continues from April 24 to August 26, 2018.

Below are links to Japanese media that covered the opening of the exhibition.

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News agencies
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