The Asahi Shimbun Displays

The Asahi Shimbun Displays

The Asahi Shimbun Displays in Room 3 are a series of free temporary displays that showcase single or small groups of objects from the Museum’s collection, ranging from the earliest human artefacts to objects from the present day. Set in a space in which these objects can be the focus of deeper contemplation and understanding, the Asahi Shimbun Displays are also a testing ground for innovation in design and interpretation.

Since their introduction in 2005, the Asahi Shimbun Displays have been a huge success. More than 40 displays have been mounted to date, attracting over 2.5 million visitors. With so much to explore in the British Museum, the Asahi Shimbun Displays provide visitors with an accessible introduction to a global collection. The series is a vital opportunity for the Museum to celebrate its diverse collection, research and ideas, and to learn how it might improve its larger temporary exhibitions and permanent gallery displays.

These displays are made possible by the support of The Asahi Shimbun Company, longstanding corporate sponsors of the British Museum. With a circulation of approximately 7 million for the morning edition alone, The Asahi Shimbun is the most prestigious newspaper in Japan. The company also publishes magazines and books, and provides a substantial information service via the internet. The Asahi Shimbun Company has a century-long tradition of philanthropic support, notably staging key exhibitions in Japan on art, culture and history from around the world.

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Manga now: three generations, 3 September – 15 November 2015

 

Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion, 19 June – 17 August 2014

 

Larrakitj: Aboriginal memorial poles by Wukun Wanambi, 12 March – 25 May 2015

 

Gamelan: music of Java, 21 May – 12 July 2009

 

The Meroë head of August: Africa defies Rome, 11 December 2014 – 15 February 2015

 

Divine Cat: Speaking to the gods in ancient Egypt, 8 November 2007 – 27 January 2008

 

Music, celebration and healing: the Sudanese lyre, 18 June – 16 August 2015

 

Durer’s paper triumph: the arch of the Emperor Maximilian, 11 September – 16 November 2014

 

Crocodile dance mask from the Torres Strait Islands, 11 August – 16 October 2011

 

Sikh fortress turban, 17 February – 17 April 2011



Celebrating 10 years of displays

2005 – 2007

Made in Africa: 
ancient hand tools
27 January – 2 April 2005

Views from Africa: encouters with Europe
28 April – 23 July 2005

Samurai to Manga: 
Japan across the centuries
15 December 2005 – 8 February 2006

Rembrandt: 
The Three Crosses
28 February – 23 April 2006


The Warren Cup: sex and society in ancient Greece and Rome
11 May – 2 July 2006

The oldest board game in the world: The Royal Game of Ur
20 July – 3 September 2006

The art of peace: paintings by the poet Tagore
14 September – 12 November 2006

The fabric of a nation: textiles and identity in modern Ghana
22 February – 10 April 2007


The Caribbean before Columbus
3 May – 17 June 2007

Ikebana: living flowers of Japan
5 July – 19 August 2007

The Korean Moon Jar
20 September – 21 October 2007

Divine Cat: Speaking to the gods in ancient Egypt
8 November 2007 – 27 January 2008

2008 – 2010

Church and Emperor: 
An Ethiopian Crucifixion
6 March – 5 May 2008

Reflecting on modern Japan: photobooks from 
the post-war period
5 June – 10 August 2008

Conservation in focus
11 September – 26 October 2008

The Sámi magic drum
27 November 2008 – 18 January 2009


Takhti: a modern Iranian hero
19 February – 19 April 2009

Gamelan: music of Java
21 May – 12 July 2009

Imagining the forest: 
a painting on silk from eastern India
13 August – 4 October 2009

Manga: Professor Munakata’s British Museum adventure
5 November 2009 – 3 January 2010


Swimming reindeer: 
an Ice Age masterpiece
11 February – 11 April 2010

Rulership and ritual: Maya relief of royal blood-letting
13 May 2010 – 11 July 2010

Akan drum: the drummer is calling me
12 August – 10 October 2010

Agents of the Buddha: 17th-century sculptures of Fugen and Monju
11 November 2010 – 9 January 2011

2011 – 2013

Sikh fortress turban
17 February – 17 April 2011

An installation by Xu Bing: Background Story 7
12 May – 10 July 2011

Crocodile dance mask from the Torres Strait Islands
11 August – 16 October 2011

Hokusai’s The Great Wave
3 November 2011 – 8 January 2012


Sacred souvenir: 
a model of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
2 February – 6 May 2012

Sui Jianguo’s discus thrower
1 June – 9 September 2012

Silver service: 
fine dining in Roman Britain
23 May – 4 August 2013

Women of the pleasure quarters: a Japanese painted screen
29 August – 3 November 2013


Perfect timing: 
the Mostyn Tompion clock
21 November 2013 – 2 February 2014

2014 – 2016

From temple to home: celebrating Ganesha
27 February – 25 May 2014

Dressed to impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion
19 June – 17 August 2014

Dürer’s paper triumph: 
the arch of the Emperor Maximilian
11 September – 16 November 2014

The Meroë head of Augustus: 
Africa defies Rome
11 December 2014 – 15 February 2015


Larrakitj: 
Aboriginal memorial poles by Wukun Wanambi
12 March – 25 May 2015

Manga now: 
three generations
3 September – 15 November 2015

Scanning Sobek: mummy of the crocodile god
10 December 2015 – 21 February 2016

Containing the divine: a sculpture of the Pacific god A’a
17 March – 31 May 2016


Made in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain
23 June – 21 August 2016

Rock art: power and symbolism in southern Africa
15 September – 30 November 2016

2017

Creating an ancestor: the Jericho Skull
15 December 2016 – 19 February 2017