05 Apr 2023

Parallel Modernisms: The Avant-Garde between Paris and Japan

Chinghsin Wu
Paris, France
The École des modernités At the Institut Giacometti

This lecture will review the debates, theories and practices that animated several art movements in Japan in the 1920s, in particular cubism and surrealism.

It will look back at the trajectory of Japanese artists in contact with French artists such as Kuroda Jūtarō, Yabe Tomoe, Kawaguchi Kigai, Maeta Kanji, Koga Harue, in connection with André Lhote and Fernand Léger, or Fukuzawa Ichirō, Koga Harue, Tōgō Seiji, Kawaguchi Kigai, who became interested in surrealism, notably via Max Ernst. While enthusiastically absorbing new ideas and forms, these artists developed a personal expression that was in touch with the political and social debates in Japan.

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Chinghsin Wu is an Associate Professor in the Art History Program at Rutgers University-Camden. Her research focuses on modernism, colonialism, and Buddhism in cross-cultural and global artistic contexts. Her publications include Parallel Modernism: Koga Harue and Avant-Garde Art in Modern Japan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019) and Truth through Immersion: A Biography of Painter Tsai Yun-yan [Ronghui Zhizhen Tsai Yun-yan] (Taipei: Yishujia Chubanshe, 2018).

Wednesday April 5 at 6:30 pm
At the Giacometti Lab or live on YouTube

Lecture in English by Chinghsin Wu

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Parallel Modernisms: The Avant-Garde between Paris and Japan

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