Japan’s “Tale of the Heike”

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Caption: [DETAIL] Japan, Battle scenes from the Tale of Heike (Heike Monogatari), early 18th century
 pair of six-panel screens, colour and gold on paper; Art Gallery of South Australia, Gift of Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2003

Japan’s “Tale of the Heike”

The Tale of the Heike (Heike Monogatari), compiled before 1330, is the original samurai epic of Japanese literature and recounts the rise and fall of the powerful Heike clan and their destruction at the hands of the Minamoto clan during the Genpei wars (1180-1185). The Tale marks the transition from a period dominated by the aristocracy of Kyoto to the rise of the warrior elite. During the largely peaceful and prosperous Edo period (1615-1868) the Tale garnered immense interest resulting in printed editions, summaries and even commentaries, illustrated on a plethora of media such as sliding doors, handscrolls and spectacular folding screens such as Battle scenes from the Tale of the Heike in the Art Gallery of
South Australia’s collection.

Russell Kelty, Associate Curator, Asian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, is preparing the display Samurai from mid-2020 to early 2021. Kelty received a BA in Art History from Colorado State University, then spent three years living and working in Japan. He completed an MA in Art History at the University of Adelaide and is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney University.

Refunds: If you purchased a ticket just for the April 6 lecture via credit card, we will refund the amount back to your card. If you purchased a ticket via bank transfer, please contact our Treasurer Todd Sunderman at toddsunderman@gmail.com with your bank account details (account name, BSB, account number).

However, if you have purchased a ticket for the whole lecture series we will hold off on any refunds as we are still hoping to complete the series this year.


6 April, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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