"Opening the Senses", vol. 5 / Why do men drink together? - From the ancient Greek banquet to the modern bar

Fulfilling its mission to bring the joy of discovering new ways of seeing and appreciating art to as wide a public as possible, Louvre - DNP Museum Lab has embarked on a new series of events entitled, “Opening the Senses”, through which we hope to offer visitors the experience of the stimulation and broadening of perception that comes through the experience of works of art.

"Opening the Senses", vol. 5
A supplementary event to the Tenth Presentation, combining a visit to the exhibition with a talk show.
Talk show featuring:
SHIMADA Masahiko (novelist)
Moderator: YUYAMA Reiko (writer)

“Why do men drink together?
- From the ancient Greek banquet to the modern bar”

On February 1, 2013, Louvre–DNP Museum Lab opened its Tenth Presentation, “A Masterpiece of Ancient Greece: a World of Men, Gods and Heroes,” offering visitors an opportunity to better understand the art and civilization of ancient Greece that nurtured the roots of Western culture and remain a central pillar of it to this day. The exhibit features a number of important works of ancient Greek art, centering on the “Krater of Antaeus,” a masterpiece of ceramics from the 5th century B.C.E. decorated with a design by the painter Euphorios.

The krater, which depicts Heracles, the most famous hero in Greek mythology, in the act of slaying the giant Antaeus, was designed for use in the events known in Greek as symposion (the root of our modern word “symposium”). These gatherings, restricted to men only, featured lively and wide-ranging discussion of topics from politics and love to morality and art—and a generous amount of alcohol to keep the conversation flowing.

For the fifth installment of our “Opening the Senses” program, we have invited the novelist Shimada Masahiko to share his thoughts on the topic, “Why do men drink together?—From the ancient Greek banquet to the modern bar.” Mr. Shimada is not only well-versed in the bar culture of Japan and other countries, but also an authority on opera, which had its origins as a genre in the attempt to recreate the dramas of ancient Greece. The discussion will be moderated by Yuyama Reiko, a writer whose prolific work has addressed a diversity of cultural phenomena from club culture to classical music. Their discussion will move from a consideration of the “homosociability” (strong social bonding among men) that has long characterized intellectuals in literature and the arts to a more general consideration of the bar culture of Europe.
(In Japanese only.)

Presenters' Profiles
SHIMADA Masahiko
Born in Tokyo in 1961. Graduated with a degree in Russian from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. His debut novel was Yasashii Sayoku no tame no Kiyûkyoku [Divertimento for a Soft Left]. Professor in the Faculty of Intercultural Communication at Hôsei University. Member of the selection committee for the Akutagawa Prize, a prestigious literary award, since 2011. Recent publications include Akushitsu [Malice] and Eiyû wa sokoni iru [There Stands a Hero].
Her unique approach to a wide variety of cultural topics has won her a legion of fans. Yutama is a regular columnist for women’s magazines aimed at female audiences from their 20s to their 50s. Her published works include Onna Hitori Zushi [Sushi for a Solitary Woman] (Gentosha Bunko), Club Culture! (Mainichi), Jôsô suru Onna [Women in Drag as Women] (Shinchô Shinsho), Yosoji Koe! [Make It Past Forty!] (Wani Books), Bitch no Sawarikata [How to Deal with a Bitch] (Wani Books), Kairaku Jôtô! 3.11 Ikô no Ikikata [Maximum Pleasure: How to Live after March 11] (a dialog with Chikako Ueno) (Gentosha),and Berubara Techô - Manga no Kinjitô wo Otonayomi [Notes on the "Roses of Versailles" : An Adult Reading of a Manga Masterpiece]. She organizes a monthly musical event called “Baku-kura”— a contraction of bakuon (noise) and kurashikku (classical music). Yuyama is president of the company Hô 71, and is a visiting lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Nihon University.

  Practical information
  Date Saturday, July 13, 2013
Talk show from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) and special visit of the Louvre-DNP Museum Lab Tenth Presentation (from 4 p.m. until doors close at 6 p.m.)
Louvre - DNP Museum Lab Hall
DNP Gotanda Building, 1 F
3-5-20 Nishi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Six-minute walk from Gotanda Station
JR Yamanote Line (West Exit) / Toei Asakusa Subway Line (Exit A2) / Tokyu Ikegami Line
Seven-minute walk from Fudomae Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line
Location map
  Capacity Seating is limited to one hundred people. (Reservations will be closed when capacity is reached.) Free admission but advance reservation required.
* Please be advised that, during busy times, you may be required to wait before entering the exhibition area or experimenting with the multimedia displays. Thank you for your understanding.

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