Join us for this unique lecture on Contemporary Art of Japan and explore its surprising commonalities with Western art and culture.
By drawing parallels between the Japanese Gutai Group’s performance art and Yves Klein’s body-paintings, as well as the immersive installations of Yayoi Kusama and Olafur Eliasson’s TATE Turbine Hall commission, we will start to unravel the underlying commonalities between Japanese and Western art in the second half of the twentieth century. During this lecture we will equally familiarise ourselves with the innovative explorations that artists from Japan propagated on an international scale and look at how this stemmed from their own distinct cultural heritage.
SPEAKER – BOJANA POPOVIC
Upon completing her Masters in Curating at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bojana worked at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries before seeking experience in the private art sector. For a few years she worked for private art galleries in Zurich and Paris before moving to the leading auction house, Christie’s, in London. During her four years at Christie’s she worked as a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department where she also led art history lectures in collaboration with Christie’s Education’s MA programme. Since then, Bojana has been working as a freelance art consultant, Art History lecturer and writer.