Modernisation of Calligraphy in East Asia

Researcher: Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer Calligraphy is often associated with the traditional Sinocentric cultural order in East Asia. Created in China and imported to the neighbouring countries, characters and calligraphy as their aesthetic manifestation served as a common cultural denominator for the region, placing China in the centre of East Asia’s cultural flows. However, with Japan’s rapid transformation […]

Postwar Calligraphy and Abstract Painting

Researcher: Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer A prominent French critic of abstract art Michel Seuphor wrote in 1962 that “in the 1960s, every abstract painter is fascinated by the East, dreams of visiting Japan, perhaps to find the delights of Japanese calligraphy.”* In the 1950s and 60s calligraphy from Japan was in the vanguard of international art, and Japanese […]

Gardens and the Memory of Asia Pacific War

Researchers: Toshio Watanabe This project forms part of a larger investigation of transnational Japanese gardens. This focuses on gardens which deal with the memory of the Asia Pacific War both in Japan and elsewhere. Gardens which are not in a Japanese style will be included. A key component of this project will be how this space […]

East Asian Art History in a Transnational Context

Researchers: Eriko Tomizawa-Kay Toshio Watanabe This project aims to give insight into the changing boundaries and concepts of ‘art’ in Japan and East Asia through exploring the exchanges and dialogues that took place among the artists of Japan and other East Asian nations. The birth of East Asian art history could not have occurred without the […]