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Panel Discussion - 

Japan Supernatural:

Cultural Diplomacy



Asia Society
VisAsia Council
Art Gallery NSW

6 March 2020

Kathryn Hunyor, Director, ArtsPeople

Bruce Miller, AM (Former Australian Ambassador to Japan)
Melanie Eastburn, Curator, Asian Art, AGNSW
Dean Prenc, General Manager, Pop Culture, Madman Entertainment

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Supernatural Soft Power

The Project
The Asia Society’s ‘Cultural Diplomacy Re-imagined’ breakfast forum was a special closing event of the Art Gallery of NSW’s summer blockbuster show ‘Japan Supernatural’, presented in partnership with the gallery’s VisAsia Council. 

The ‘Japan Supernatural’ exhibition received popular and critical acclaim, and beautifully illustrated how Japan continues to fascinate us – at both a conceptual and aesthetic level. It blended art, popular culture, history, mythology, spiritual beliefs, political and personal commentary – all packaged up into exquisitely executed works of art. The Asia Society used the opportunity to consider Japan’s future as a global soft-power leader. Together with Bruce Miller, former Australian Ambassador to Japan 2011 – 2017, Melanie Eastburn, Curator Japan Supernatural and Dean Prenc, General Manager Pop Culture at Madman Entertainment, ArtsPeople’s Kathryn Hunyor led a panel discussion about Japanese cultural diplomacy and culture as ‘soft power’.

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