Lectures & Events

Free Online Lecture: ‘Palaces, Temples and Castles in Premodern Japan’ by Dr Mark Erdmann

with Dr Christopher A. Tuttle
29 Aug 2023

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no reservation required

We are looking forward to introducing Dr Mark Erdmann. Mark is a Lecturer in Art History at the University of Melbourne. He received his doctorate in Japanese art and architectural history from Harvard University and has studied at University of London SOAS as well as the University of Tokyo, Gakushuin, Kindai University, and Osaka University. He lived for 15 years in Japan and is a specialist in Japanese pre-modern architecture. His research has focused on castles, master carpenters, as well as artistic exchange with Jesuit missionaries. Mark leads ASA’s Art, Architecture and History of Japan 31 Oct – 15 Nov 2023 & 29 Oct – 13 Nov 2024

‘Palaces, Temples and Castles in Premodern Japan’ by Dr Mark Erdmann

Japanese architecture is known around the world for its simple, clean designs. Its premodern buildings entranced and inspired twentieth-century modernist architects, figures like Bruno Taut and Walter Gropius who saw in Japan’s premodern structures echoes of their own interest in functionality and limited ornamentation. This talk will trace the unique set of geographic, political, and cultural factors that gave rise to the Japanese aesthetic. Tracing the origins and fusion of Japanese palace architecture with imported Zen temple architecture in the 14th century to the discovery of castles in the 16th century, key structure such as the Golden and Silver Pavilions, Himeji Castle, and the Taian teahouse as well as key styles like shinden-zukuri and shoin-zukuri will be introduced.

Date: Tuesday 29 August, 2023
Duration: 1 hour
Start Time: 05:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney. Confirm your local time: Check your local time here
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Date: 29 Aug 2023