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What Happened around 1970: The End (Rebirth) of Landscape

Michio Hayashi, Sophia University Tokyo, Ishibashi Foundation Gastprofessor für Kunstgeschichte Japans

Karatani Kojin (literary critic) argued that “landscape (fukei),” as different from traditional concept of sansui (山水) or meisho (名所), was invented in Meiji period with an advent of modernity. If so, I would like to argue that the life of that landscape completed its full cycle around 1970 with the waning of the ideology of modernism (in various cultural realms). In its stead, a new type of “landscape” (as simulacrum) emerged and permeated the daily life in Japan and irrevocably transformed our relationship to the world at large. I would like to discuss how this paradigmatic change occurred around 1970 by referring to interconnected events and works of art and culture of the time such as the PROVOKE movement, Discover Japan campaign, the death of Mishima Yukio, the emergence of Mono-ha movement, and the documentary film A.K.A. Serial Killer. By situating these examples in a larger structural shift in Japanese society, I would like to elucidate some important aspects of the paradigmatic change that occurred in the collective cultural imagination around 1970 in Japan (which ultimately can be related to, compared with, what happened contemporaneously in other parts of the world).

The lecture is co-organized by the Institute of East Asian Art History and the Institute of European Art History.


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