IMAMURA Nobutaka


IMAMURA Nobutaka Associate Professor
Research Subject
  • Art Theory of Seventeenth Century France
  • Museum Studies
  • History of Gallery Teaching Theory
Research Fields
Aesthetics, Art Theory, Museum Studies
Faculty - Division / Research Group / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Research Group of Cultural Diversity Studies / Laboratory of Aesthetics and History of Art
Graduate School - Division / Department / Laboratory
Division of Humanities / Department of Cultural Diversity Studies / Laboratory of Aesthetics and History of Art
School - Course / Laboratory
Division of Humanities and Human Sciences / Course of Philosophy and Cultural Studies / Laboratory of Aesthetics and History of Art

It is said that directly facing the major issue of “what is art” is no longer possible. The artistic occupation pioneered by humans spreads like a vast land that cannot be overlooked, and even a single researcher cannot easily aim to traverse it. The definition of art and what is (or was) referred to as art are becoming increasingly ambiguous. In addition, the aesthetic aspect of humans who have stayed close to art remains a mysterious abyss that is difficult to measure. Though it is quite certain that art and aesthetics are compelling questions for humans living in difficult times, we may be overwhelmed by the big questions and remain quiet in vain.

Fortunately, however, we do not always tackle art alone. Our research is of course invariably associated with solitary phases, for instance, when we appreciate artwork, question our own sensitivity and seek words to express the process of contemplation. We confront artwork alone, dig down deep into ourselves and play with words. We also know, however, that the time spent exploring on our own will be rewarded by the pleasure derived from interacting with other researchers.

This is where we can see the significance of studying art. Such occasions will surely provide an irreplaceable time in which individual researchers bring up important issues to be earnestly but delightfully discussed.