While the physical holdings of our respective institutions may not be accessible at the moment, an ongoing collaboration between the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (TNRICP) has resulted in the digitization of more than 900 exhibition catalogues on Japanese art, which are now freely available and downloadable on the Getty Research Portal. A Japanese announcement is also available.
These titles comprise a collection of rare catalogues held by the TNRICP, which document domestic industrial exhibitions, world expositions, and major group shows from the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century.
Look out for an announcement regarding another group of digitized texts from this collaboration—more than 800 woodblock print books from Japan’s Edo period (1615—1868)—to be made available on the Portal later this year.
– Annie Rana, Senior Project Manager, Getty Research Portal