The Mokichi Okada Chair on Beauty has been established in 2020 as a joint initiative by the Mokichi Okada Art and Culture Foundation and the University of Bologna. The Chair is hosted by the International Centre for the Humanities 'Umberto Eco'.

moccichi okadaThe Chair aims at comprehensively investigating the various aspects and meanings of beauty, through an interdisciplinary analysis of its philosophical, historic and anthropological dimensions and its connections with society, nature, art, architecture, design, poetry, literature, music, performing arts and every other form of human expression.

Mokichi Okada Chair on Beauty is coordinated by Patrizia Violi (director) and Matteo Casari (Deputy Director and Project Manager). Scientific staff: Silvia Zimmermann, Giovanni Peternolli, Giorgio Bevignani, Mariano Del Castillo, Barbara Cimatti, Francesco Mazzucchelli, Mario Panico, Marco Milani, Cinzia Toscano.

 The first initiative organized by the Chair will be a series of online conferences [.pdf 282 KB], to be held between March and May 2021, which will focus on the theme of color and its various perspectives. This series of events will open on March 31, 2021, with an encounter with one of Japan’s “living national treasure”, Osumi Yukie: a metalworking artist specialized in traditional techniques such as tankin and nunomezōgan [.pdf 145 KB].

This is the calendar of the first cycle of lecture, which will be devoted to the topic of the 'color':

March 31, 2021 – h. 11
Yukie Osumi (National Living Treasure of Japan) 
The Japanese Metalwork and My Work. History, Techniques, Characteristics, Nunome Zogan techniques: color.

April 14, 2021 – h. 15
Philip Ball (writer) 
The invention of colour

April 28, 2021 – h. 15
Patrizia Magli (IUAV University) 
Dentro il colore. L'attraversata del nero

May 12, 2021 – h. 15
Manlio Brusatin (IUAV University)
Colore come illusione?


Download here the book [.pdf 1993 KB] of the cycle, with all the abstracts and other contents