Nishio Conservation Studio

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Nishio Conservation Studio provide the highest quality care and professional conservation of Asian paintings, hanging scrolls (kakemono) and folding screens (byobu). The spacious Studio was custom built in a newly restored modern building in Washington, D. C.. We are available by appointment only. Please call us to schedule an appointment.

We finished conservation works of Pair Japanese Folding Screens.  Now they are back to their home safely.  This conserva...
02/25/2020

We finished conservation works of Pair Japanese Folding Screens. Now they are back to their home safely. This conservation work came from the Cleveland Art Museum. Those screens belong to their important trustee whose family was one of the founders of the museum.

Chinese Buddhist Scroll (collection of Saint Louis Art Museum). We just finished Conservation treatment and complete rem...
02/04/2020

Chinese Buddhist Scroll (collection of Saint Louis Art Museum). We just finished Conservation treatment and complete remounting.

Alena MacAlasdair won the 1st Prize at the scroll making workshop held at NEDCC in 2019.  Future art conservators from a...
01/09/2020

Alena MacAlasdair won the 1st Prize at the scroll making workshop held at NEDCC in 2019. Future art conservators from all over the world came to the workshop to learn Japanese traditional scroll making techniques.

Happy New Year, 2020Thank you very much for supporting Nishio Conservation Studio (NCS), and working with us during 2019...
12/31/2019

Happy New Year, 2020
Thank you very much for supporting Nishio Conservation Studio (NCS), and working with us during 2019. NCS will continue working with you even more in 2020 for the preservation of Asian cultural properties. Thank you.

I was invited and worked at the Freer Gallery, Smithsonian and Museums of Fine Arts, Boston and worked in Japan.  I esta...
10/17/2019
How Museums Are Combatting a Shortage of East Asian Art Conservators

I was invited and worked at the Freer Gallery, Smithsonian and Museums of Fine Arts, Boston and worked in Japan. I established Nishio Conservation Studio in Washington DC in 1994 to offer Asian Painting Conservation to other museums where there is no Asian Painting Conservators. Nishio Conservation Studio has two Japanese Conservators, Itoh Kyoichi and me and one Taiwanese conservator, Pei-ching Liu working. All of us worked at Freer, MFA and Metropolitan Museums, and realized the need of conservation for other museum's collections. Nishio Conservation Studio conserve San Francisco Asian Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Denver Art Museum recently and give workshops and training at Northeast Document Conservation Center in Massachusetts. Nishio Conservation Studio especially contributes eduction on Asian Painting Conservation, and we will have two interns from Tainan University Conservation Graduate Program, Taiwan this year.

While American collections of East Asian art have grown tremendously, the specialized conservation laboratories that maintain these collections have not.

Working on Saint Louis Art Museum's Buddhist scroll.  We are now touching up.
10/10/2019

Working on Saint Louis Art Museum's Buddhist scroll. We are now touching up.

We just finished conservation and remounting with new silk brocades for Denver Art Museum.
10/10/2019

We just finished conservation and remounting with new silk brocades for Denver Art Museum.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Michael Lee organized a Japanese scroll workshop with the FAIC financial ...
08/29/2019

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Michael Lee organized a Japanese scroll workshop with the FAIC financial support on August 21-28. There were 14 participants from all over the US and even Australia. The instructor, Yoshi Nishio brought the pairings that he painted for this workshop and the students mounted them with silk brocades they chose. The first workshop was “Making Karinari Japanese Drying Board” two years ago. This scroll workshop was the second and the next workshop will be “Useful Japanese Techniques for Paper Conservation” next in the future, and “Making Japanese Folding Screens” will follow.

I went to see this exhibition in Cleveland. It is a great exhibition. Shinto or Kami is a Japanese religion from 2600 ye...
06/22/2019
Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

I went to see this exhibition in Cleveland. It is a great exhibition. Shinto or Kami is a Japanese religion from 2600 years ago, and it is still practiced widely. Most of the Japanese children are blessed when they are born, at the ages of three, five, seven and 20 years old. People also marry at Shinto shrines. Emperor is the origin of god, and all the things we have and see have gods. So people in Japan respect nature, animals, insects and all the foods. They pray to the foods before they eat by saying "itadakimasu". Then after they finish eating, they bow to the foods by saying, "gochisousama". Children are gods and people who die are given god's names, and become gods. The G7 in 2017 was held at the Ise Shinto Shrine area, and Donald Trump participated in the Sumo which is also a Shinto event. Most of the traditional Japanese festivals are Shinto Festivals. Shinto is deeply rooted into the Japanese culture. It is very peaceful and an appreciative religion. They also welcomed Buddhism around 700AD. Buddhism also accepts other religions.

Horse Race at the Kamo Shrine (detail), c. 1634–44. One of a pair of six-panel folding screens, ink and color on gilded paper; image: 176.5 x 337.3 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1976.95.1

The Deer painting was painted by Yamada Koun from Japan in the last 19th Century.  We remounted the painting, stopped fl...
06/03/2019

The Deer painting was painted by Yamada Koun from Japan in the last 19th Century. We remounted the painting, stopped flaking of the painting, installing new paper hinges and new brocade silk borders.

The Deer painting was painted by Yamada Koun from Japan in the last 19th Century. We remounted the painting, stopped flaking of the painting, installing new paper hinges and new brocade silk borders.

We are installing new brocade borders to the Saint Louis Art Museum's Japanese folding screen.  I-Lun Yang, intern from ...
05/24/2019

We are installing new brocade borders to the Saint Louis Art Museum's Japanese folding screen. I-Lun Yang, intern from the Tainan University, Taiwan and Taisei Iwasaki, apprentice from Toyama, Japan are watching to learn.

Nishio Conservation Studio
04/15/2019

Nishio Conservation Studio

Nishio Conservation Studio had a visitor, Mr. Joe Keithley from Cleveland on April 3rd. Joe and his wife Nancy have been strong supporters for the Cleveland Art Museum, their families since the museum was first funded. Nishio Conservation Studio conserves and restores a pair of Japanese Screens, "Flowers" Attr. Kitagawa Sousetsu,17th Century Japan.

Nishio Conservation Studio had a visitor, Mr. Joe Keithley from Cleveland on April 3rd.  Joe and his wife Nancy have bee...
04/15/2019

Nishio Conservation Studio had a visitor, Mr. Joe Keithley from Cleveland on April 3rd. Joe and his wife Nancy have been strong supporters for the Cleveland Art Museum, their families since the museum was first funded. Nishio Conservation Studio conserves and restores a pair of Japanese Screens, "Flowers" Attr. Kitagawa Sousetsu,17th Century Japan.

My dear friend, Mathew Bin Han Ong found this exhibition at The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.  This conservation pr...
01/16/2019

My dear friend, Mathew Bin Han Ong found this exhibition at The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. This conservation project was commissioned to Nishio Conservation Studio during 2014-18 with the financial support by The Sumitomo Foundation from Japan.

Happy New Year!  We have entered the 25th year of Nishio Conservation Studio.  25 years ago, I thought museums and priva...
01/02/2019

Happy New Year! We have entered the 25th year of Nishio Conservation Studio. 25 years ago, I thought museums and private collectors all over the US would need an Asian Painting Conservation Studio for the conservation of their collections. We also train young conservators from all over the world for this thousand years of the tradition of Japanese and Chinese crafts. Thank you very much for supporting NCS.

Happy Holiday!! I-Lun Yang (intern from Tainan University, Taiwan) and Taisei Iwasaki (apprentice from Toyama, Japan) wi...
12/24/2018

Happy Holiday!!
I-Lun Yang (intern from Tainan University, Taiwan) and Taisei Iwasaki (apprentice from Toyama, Japan) with Yoshi and Santa (Yoshi's old friend).

Nishio Conservation Studio conserved Asian Art Museum of San Francisco' s pair of Japanese folding screens by Kano Ujino...
12/13/2018

Nishio Conservation Studio conserved Asian Art Museum of San Francisco' s pair of Japanese folding screens by Kano Ujinobu. The project was funded by the Sumitomo Foundation in Japan.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's pair of Japanese 17th Century screens was conserved by the Nishio Conservation Studi...
09/13/2018

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's pair of Japanese 17th Century screens was conserved by the Nishio Conservation Studio in Washington DC. The project was financially supported by the Sumitomo Foundation from Japan during 2014-18. Note: Color temperature and contrasts of the before and after treatment photographs are not accurate for comparison.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco's pair of Japanese 17th Century screens was conserved by the Nishio Conservation Studio in Washington DC. The project was financially supported by the Sumitomo Foundation from Japan during 2014-18. Note: Color temperature and contrasts of the before and after treatment photographs are not accurate for comparison.

Professor Fei Tsai from Tainan National University, Conservation Program, Taiwan visited NCS on January 12, 2018. She in...
01/15/2018

Professor Fei Tsai from Tainan National University, Conservation Program, Taiwan visited NCS on January 12, 2018. She inspected her three students who were having their internships at NCS. Our conservators, Pei-Ching Liu and Shuhan Chang are also graduates of the same program.

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah and Happy New Year
12/22/2017

Merry Christmas, Hanukkah and Happy New Year

Fusuma Paintings: Artful Partitions Transform Space - Core Kyoto - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English
12/14/2017
Fusuma Paintings: Artful Partitions Transform Space - Core Kyoto - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English

Fusuma Paintings: Artful Partitions Transform Space - Core Kyoto - Video On Demand - NHK WORLD - English

Fusuma are uniquely Japanese fittings, dating back a millennium, that act as partitions, sliding doors and walls. Painting them can transform a room's ambience. Fusuma paintings have evolved in keeping with the times, space, and patrons and artists' tastes. In the 1500's, magnificent paintings becam...

How to wash your Kimono 101 | Caring For Textiles
03/03/2017
How to wash your Kimono 101 | Caring For Textiles

How to wash your Kimono 101 | Caring For Textiles

The tradition of the Araihari Shop By Kaitlyn Munro I recently travelled to Tokyo to visit family, and naturally found myself surrounded by beautiful

I was invited to give a lecture of the Japanese folding screen which we did conservation work for Bryn Mawr College on F...
02/13/2017

I was invited to give a lecture of the Japanese folding screen which we did conservation work for Bryn Mawr College on February 6. Marianne Waldon raised Sumitomo Fund for conservation. They have been our client for ten years. We also did conservation of the hanging scroll you see here.

We had a guest Kevin Greenwood from Allen Art Memorial Museum in Oberlin, OH on February 2, 2017.
02/10/2017

We had a guest Kevin Greenwood from Allen Art Memorial Museum in Oberlin, OH on February 2, 2017.

We had a guest, Philip Hu from Saint Louis Art Museum on October 22, 2015.
02/10/2017

We had a guest, Philip Hu from Saint Louis Art Museum on October 22, 2015.

Our conservator, Pei-Ching Liu and Prof. Fei Tsai from the Conservation program of the Tainan University visited Usami C...
10/25/2016

Our conservator, Pei-Ching Liu and Prof. Fei Tsai from the Conservation program of the Tainan University visited Usami Conservation Studio (宇佐美松鶴堂) in Kyoto in September. Mr. Usami (宇佐美直八) showed them his conservation works and the aged paste storage room.

Our Conservator, Pei-Ching Liu traveled to Japan in September. She and Prof. Fei Tsai from the Tainan National Universit...
10/25/2016

Our Conservator, Pei-Ching Liu traveled to Japan in September. She and Prof. Fei Tsai from the Tainan National University of Arts in Taiwan visited many conservation material suppliers. These suppliers sell paper, tools and silk to traditional craftsmen and conservators in Kyoto. She brought high quality Japanese paper, tools, mounting brushes for NCS.

A Special Exhibition, "Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan" curated by Philip Hu at the Saint Louis Art M...
10/25/2016

A Special Exhibition, "Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan" curated by Philip Hu at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Those six panel Japanese folding screens in the exhibition were conserved or restored by Nishio Conservation Studio. The woodblock prints, scrolls and kimonos were donated by Charles A. Lowenhaupt to SLAM. I want the American people to know the war time propaganda images in Japan were still beautiful and artistic. Japan was one of a few countries that was not colonized by European/American powers, although she was totally surrounded by them. Japan refused to be colonized.

A challenging project of three Chinese oversize hanging scrolls, “Hunting Scene”.During the treatment, Taiwan's public t...
10/25/2016

A challenging project of three Chinese oversize hanging scrolls, “Hunting Scene”.
During the treatment, Taiwan's public television network (臺灣公視電視台) came to D.C. to film our conservation work in March, 2016.

10/25/2016
Conservation of Japanese Screen Paintings, "Hidden Grapes Part 1", Nishio Conservation Studio

We conserved Japanese six folding screens that belong to Boston's Gardner Museum in 2005. Both conservation and video were funded by IMLS grant.

English Version:
Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE8P4v5Kb2k
Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4UytKl5eDU

Japanese Version:
Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn-peTYn0dg
Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qcMvxRqJZU

Nishio Conservation Studio conserved Japanese six folding screens that belong to Boston's Gardner Museum in 2005. Both conservation and video were funded by ...

A hanging scroll (Chinese: 立軸; lìzhóu; also called 掛軸, Japanese:掛物; Kakemono) is one of the many traditional ways to dis...
10/25/2016

A hanging scroll (Chinese: 立軸; lìzhóu; also called 掛軸, Japanese:掛物; Kakemono) is one of the many traditional ways to display and exhibit East Asian painting and calligraphy. The hanging scroll was displayed in a room for appreciation.

09/21/2016

During the Japanese TV crew filming in 2013, Congressman Jim McDermott visited Nishio Conservation Studio and showed us his paintings he had painted. Background music by the Yoshi Nishio Trio.

09/21/2016
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Earlier this year, Taiwan's public television network (臺灣公視電視台) came to DC to film our conservator, Pei-Ching Liu's conservation work and life in DC.

劉倍青來自台灣,為了精進古物修復遠征美國紐約與華府。想要更了解古物修復嗎?請關注劉倍青個人網頁:www.peichingartconservation.com Pei-Ching Liu is an art conservator specializing in Asian paintings and art w...

Earlier this year, Taiwan's public television network (臺灣公視電視台) came to DC to film our conservator, Pei-Ching Liu's cons...
09/21/2016

Earlier this year, Taiwan's public television network (臺灣公視電視台) came to DC to film our conservator, Pei-Ching Liu's conservation work and life in DC. The pictures from the behind-the-scenes.

Staff Members
09/21/2016

Staff Members

The Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.They are u...
08/26/2016

The Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.
They are usually printed on kozo mulberry paper with vegetable dyes and pigments. Pieces are often matted and framed in modern display.

East Asian paintings are mostly painted on silk or paper. The pigments used include minerals, plant and vegetable dyes, ...
08/26/2016

East Asian paintings are mostly painted on silk or paper. The pigments used include minerals, plant and vegetable dyes, and gold and silver leaf. Pigments are mixed with animal gelatin glue as a binding agent. East Asian paintings can be found in various formats. The three main forms are scrolls (kakemono – hanging scrolls and makimono – hand scrolls); screens (byobu – folding screens and fusuma – sliding door); and book formats (album leaves and book bindings).

Nishio Conservation Studio's cover photo
08/26/2016

Nishio Conservation Studio's cover photo

Nishio Conservation Studio
08/26/2016

Nishio Conservation Studio

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