Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Toshio Watanabe on Modern Japanese Gardens in a Transnational Context
  • Lecture
  • 4/8/2010
  • 18:00-19:00
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
  • Host: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
Watanabe is professor and Director of the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation, University of the Arts, London. Modern Japanese gardens provide a multifaceted, complex and fascinating subject. This talk will not so much give a survey of the modern Japanese garden but rather investigate how the meaning and significance of such a garden could change with time and with different observers. The timeframe will be between 1870s and 1970s and different types of Japanese gardens will be explored. Examples will include public parks, Japanese gardens at International Exhibitions, Japanese gardens during World War II and Modernist gardens. Japanese gardens are often seen as quintessentially and uniquely Japanese, more or less the prime example of what Japanese culture is about. However, this talk will put them into a transnational context and show how modern Japanese gardens connect with Asia, Europe and the USA.