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Infos for the start of the winter term 2023/24

Dear students, welcome to the Institute for East Asian Art History (IKO)! We look forward to welcoming you again in the 2023/24 winter semester. The semester introduction will take place on October 18 from 11:45 a.m. on site (CATS room 120.01.10) and online. At the start of the semester, the IKO team will introduce itself and you will learn more about our courses, special lectures and other events. We look forward to your numerous participation! Zoom participation (Meeting ID: 660 3738 6367 / Passcode: 093824)

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies

jobAm 13.12.2022 fand die feierliche Eröffnung des Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS) an der CATS-Bibliothek statt. Im Rahmen dieses Kooperations­abkommens mit der National Central Library in Taiwan wird die Ostasienabteilung der CATS-Bibliothek künftig mit jährlich Hunderten Bänden sinologischer Fachliteratur aus Taiwan versorgt und erhält zudem Zugang zu wichtigen Datenbanken. [Mehr...]

New Assistant Professor Margó Krewinkel

Margó KrewinkelWe are happy to introduce a new member of the IKO team! Margó Ysabel Krewinkel will be joining the Institute of East Asian Art History in October of 2022. She will be in charge of HISPOS (entering grades and issuing transcripts). Miss Krewinkel studied cultural and social anthropology and art history at the University of Cologne and conducted her MA studies in East Asian art history and Japanese studies at Heidelberg University. She specializes in Japanese art history and graduated with a master’s thesis on seventeenth century bugaku (court dance) folding screens, which was partly based on her own practical experience with Japanese gagaku music (court music). She is also interested in religious painting and is currently working on her PhD thesis concerning the ritual use of Kasuga mandara of the Kamakura period under Prof. Melanie Trede. This project will delve into the syncretic religious climate of medieval Japan.
Miss Krewinkel looks forward to working with IKO staff and helping students during her office hours on Wednesdays 10 am–12 noon.

Health and Safety in Corona Times

Dear Students, please follow the corona guidelines of Heidelberg University to keep yourself and others safe. Read the detailed regulations on the website Measures of the university for protection against the coronavirus. The section Coronavirus: FAQs about student affairs and teaching answers further questions is also helpful. We will keep you informed about the regulations. Let us take these simple precautions together to ensure a safe term for everyone!

New Publication | Lothar Ledderose: China Schreibt Anders

Lothar Ledderose: China Schreibt Anders​Lothar Ledderose
China Schreibt Anders
Stuttgart 2021
Erscheint in der Reihe "Heidelberger Akademische Bibliothek".

In einer Zeit, da China immer wichtiger wird, wird es auch immer wichtiger, China zu verstehen. Viel ist da noch zu tun. Die chinesische Schrift ist das komplizierteste System von Formen, welches die Menschheit geschaffen hat, und ein Alleinstellungsmerkmal der chinesischen Kultur. Eine Analyse dieses Systems lässt die grundlegende Andersartigkeit Chinas verstehen, in Erziehung, Religion und Politik. [More information] | [Rezension Süddeutsche Zeitung]

Second Issue of CATSarena online

Second Issue of CATSarena onlineThe second issue of CATSarena, the newsletter of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), is now online. It is focused on the topic of “COVID-19 AND EPIDEMICS IN ASIA”. The present issue shows how the dimensions of the pandemic in Asia vary widely. Diseases draw attention to human-animal entanglements, but they are also occasions for humour – not even, as one may assume, of the gallows kind. The contributors document the range of local responses to COVID-19, from the subversion of health measures to the critique of governments. In addition, some more personal accounts about travel and research in unpredictable Circumstances are featured.

[Subscribe] | [Read the second issue]

Dr. Lianming honored with Academy Award

Lianming WangWe congratulate Dr. Lianming Wang for being honored with the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities Award for Young Scholars!
The Academy Award, donated by the Association for the Promotion of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities to mark the 75th anniversary of the Heidelberg Academy in 1984, will go to Dr. Lianming Wang for his work “Jesuitenerbe in Peking: Sakralbauten und transkulturelle Räume 1600–1800 (Jesuit Heritage in Beijing: Sacred Buildings and Transcultural Spaces 1600–1800)”. The prize is endowed with € 10,000. The art historian deals with the material legacy of the Jesuit mission outside Europe, including three Beijing key structures. Based on a large number of visual evidence, the study provides a thorough insight into the global development of art and architecture of a historically relevant clerical order and contributes significantly to the current debate about global art history.

Course Publication | Students choose their favourite assignments

When the course Material Cultures of Entertainment Media in Seventeenth-century Japan had to quickly switch to an online-only format, the tutor Radu Leca thought of a way to maintain the interaction with objects which is integral to the study of material culture. So he asked students to choose every week an object from their home whose characteristics paralleled those of that week’s lecture theme and introduce them in two hundred words. The responses were enthusiastic, so the students' own favourite assignments were then edited by the tutor, Radu Leca, into a booklet designed by Susann Henker. Although all our interaction is online, we can still find ways to leave a material trace of our encounters. [View Booklet]

Inaugural Issue of CATSarena online

job The inaugural issue of CATSarena, the newsletter of the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS), is now online. It is focused on the topic of social distancing in Asia. As the two founding directors of CATS, Axel Michaels and Barbara Mittler, with the help of two generous designers, Susann Henker and Jennifer Landes, have served as editors for this inaugural issue of CATSarena.
[Read more] | [Subscribe] | [Read the inaugural issue]

New Publication | A Companion to Korean Art

J.P. Park, Burglind Jungmann, and Juhyung Rhi (Editors): A Companion to Korean ArtA Companion to Korean Art. Edited by J.P. Park, Burglind Jungmann, and Juhyung Rhi, Wiley-Blackwell 2020
This year the series The Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Art History is expanded to include the first academically researched anthology on the history of Korean art written in English. Our current, eminent scholar of Korean art history, Burglind Jungmann, co-editor of this volume, is not only a graduate of Heidelberg University, but teaches this winter semester 2020/21 a lecture and several seminars on various issues in Korean art history at the IKO.
Korean pop culture has become an international phenomenon in the past few years. The popularity of the nation’s exports—movies, K-pop, fashion, television shows, lifestyle and cosmetics products, to name a few—has never been greater in Western society. Despite this heightened interest in contemporary Korean culture, scholarly Western publications on Korean visual arts are scarce and often outdated. This unique anthology brings together essays by renowned scholars from Korea, the US, and Europe, presenting expert insights and exploring the most recent research in the field.
Insightful chapters discuss Korean art and visual culture from early historical periods to the present. Subjects include the early paintings of Korea, Buddhist architecture, visual art of the late Chosŏn period, postwar Korean Art, South Korean cinema, and more. Several chapters explore the cultural exchange between the Korean peninsula, the Chinese mainland, and the Japanese archipelago, offering new perspectives on Chinese and Japanese art.
The definitive and authoritative reference on the subject, A Companion to Korean Art is indispensable for scholars and academics working in areas of Asian visual arts, university students in Asian and Korean art courses, and general readers interested in the art, culture, and history of Korea. [More Information] [Full access for Heidelberg University members]

Recently reviewed | Jesuitenerbe in Peking

Lianming Wang. Jesuitenerbe in Peking. Sakralbauten und transkulturelle Räume, 1600–1800. Heidelberg, 2020.
Focusing on three Jesuit churches and their related transcultural spaces in Beijing, this volume offers a thorough insight into the global development of Jesuit art and architecture and contributes to the current debate on global art history. Based on a critical revision of the buildings’ histories, it first places its interest in the deconstruction of a glittering, widely circulated “Jesuit myth” – that the construction of their residences and churches was patronized by the Chinese emperors – and further evaluates the social effect of Jesuit topography in the context of urban exploration. The latter is crucial for understanding the choice of identity-granting “architectural modules” in terms of their power mechanism inside the Society of Jesus. In the last two chapters, case studies from Emperor Qianlong’s (r. 1735–1796) court, ranging from Jesuit-related palatial spaces linked to events, to political spaces of negotiation, and to the emperor’s personal spaces of representation, are used to illustrate how aesthetic and intellectual implications were determined by actors and the public and were in turn instrumentalized for the purpose of the Qing political agenda and the subject-formation of the Manchu elites. [more information]

“Wang’s book offers such a wide range of interesting and useful information on this fascinating period and the transfer of knowledge initiated by the Jesuits that it deserves to be essential reading for everyone dealing with this subject.” Niklas Leverenz in: The Burlington Magazine, 162, 10/2020, 906-907

“[…] Wang’ book promises to advance comparative and interdisciplinary studies on the topic in a stimulating and creative fashion… a broader readership can appreciate this splendid volume for the high quality of factual information, intellectual penetration and historical and systematic reflection.” Hang Lin in: Ostasiatische Zeitschrift, Neue Serie, Nr. 40, Herbst 2020, 58-60

“Wang’s monograph is of course a splendid example of decentering Europe by offering the reader his impressive knowledge of both European and Chinese sacral architecture. While European (and specific Jesuit) decorative and architectural elements were exported to China, Jesuit artistic production itself was deeply influenced by Chinese demand and taste.” R. Po-chia Hsia in: Journal of Jesuit Studies, Vol. 8: Issue 3, 04/2021, 490–500

Exhibition News | Two MA students curating a Painting show

Melanie Trede, Margó Krewinkel, Emma Shu-hui Lin and Susanne Barth (Director of Finance, Lindenmuseum Stuttgart), Photo: Dominik Drasdow, Linden-Museum Stuttgart

For the first time in IKO’s history, two MA students were hired to curate a Japanese painting show in a museum. Emma Shu-hui Lin and Margó Krewinkel, had the singular opportunity to select Japanese hanging scrolls for a rotation of the Erwin Bälz Collection at the Linden Museum in Stuttgart. The new installation was inaugurated on August 31, 2020, and will be on view for at least twelve months.
Image: Melanie Trede, Margó Krewinkel, Emma Shu-hui Lin (Heidelberg University) and Susanne Barth (Director of Finance, Lindenmuseum Stuttgart), Photo: Dominik Drasdow, Linden-Museum Stuttgart

Anniversary | 110 years of East Asian art historian Dietrich Seckel

Dietrich Seckel

On August 6, 2020, the historian of East Asian art history, Dietrich Seckel would have turned 110 years. The Institute of East Asian Art History is proud to call such a unique personality its founding figure and looks with gratitude at his life's achievements as a brilliant researcher and generous scholar. [more...]

Visual Resources | New reproduction stand

New reproduction stand

The CATS Council (CATS-Rat) has made a generous subsidy towards the acquisition of essential infrastructure materials used in image capture and acquisition. (This acquisition was part of the “Erstausstattungsmittel”––start-up funds for essential infrastructure for CATS.) We would like to thank the representatives of all the CATS Institutes who campaigned for making this purchase possible.
This equipment encompasses the heavy-duty reproduction stand you see here outfitted with a Nikon Camera used in the production of high-quality photography, which facilities the design of books, online research resources, posters, and public relations vehicles such as the new CATS Newsletter. Susann Henker is one of two people in CATS tasked with the production of the CATS Newsletter and the equipment will greatly improve the capabilities of visual resources at CATS.
Susann is also involved in many other CATS projects, such as the China Posters project, the China Music exhibition in the CATS library, and, among others, monitors the research image pools available in CATS, such as HeidICON.

Anniversary | Celebrating 25 Years

Annelie Ebling celebrating 25 years in the public system

On August 1, 2020, Annelie Ebling, foreign language secretary in the IKO Sekretariat, celebrates her 25th-year anniversary working for the public system. Before coming to Heidelberg, she worked in Wiesbaden, in the federal state of Hessen. It was in Hessen that she was trained as cartographer (Ausbildung zur Kartographin) from 1984-1987. During this era of cartographic practice, the majority of the drawing was done by hand and Annelie excelled in these precise skills.
Before she began working at the Institute of East Asian Art History in September 1997, she studied translation (Spanish and English) at the Institute for Translation and Interpreting, Heidelberg University. She obtained a diploma in translation (Abschluss als Diplom-Übersetzerin) in 1994. She greets students and visitors with a friendly face on a daily basis in the IKO Sekretariat. We congratulate Annelie on her milestone and wish her many more years of productivity here in IKO!

New Publication | Xu Bing: Beyond the Book from the Sky

Fraser, Sarah E. and Yu-Chieh Li. Xu Bing: After the Book from the Sky. Singapore: Springer, 2020.
(eBook / Hardcover)

This book takes Xu Bing’s practices after his legendary Book from the Sky as a starting point to assess changes in the social and cultural conditions for art-making and the aesthetic turns in the development of contemporary Chinese art in the past 30 years. The volume contains transcripts of Prof. Xu’s lectures as the 2015 Heidelberg University IKO Heinz Götze Distinguished Professor and eight additional art historical essays. These explore themes such as Xu’s animal works, audience participation, new ink, prints, realism, socialist spectacle, and word play. A critical question addressed in these texts is what carries art to a global level beyond regional histories and cultural symbols. The authors critically re-examining art practices in their multi-layered context. Can Xu Bing’s trajectory be seen as a micro-history of post Cultural Revolution Chinese art? How does the Xu Bing phenomenon relate to other contemporary art practices and discourses? [Online version]
"Absorbing critical essays on contemporary Chinese aesthetics addressing the social context and philosophical concerns that underlie Xu Bing’s key works. The authors analyze Xu’s art, shedding light on the tangled history of socialism and neoliberalism in the Post-Mao period."

--Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose, Senior Professor, Institute of East Asian Art, Universität Heidelberg

"Auf ein Akademisches Viertel mit..." features Melanie Trede

jobIn the Podcast series "Auf ein Akademisches Viertel mit..." of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Melanie Trede talks about Japanese hand scrolls, brainstorming with students and how closely nature, art and culture are interwoven in Japan. [Listen...]


jobDie CATS Bibliothek/Abt. Ostasien sucht zum 15. Juni 2020 ungeprüfte oder BA-geprüfte wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte für die Ausleihe. Der Arbeitsumfang beläuft sich auf 20-60 Std./Monat pro Hilfskraft. [Mehr...]

11 May, 2020 | Online lecture by Yanwu Wu

Mercury in China

Mercury in China: The Transcultural Journey of an Astrological Image
Speaker: Dr. Yanwu Wu, Guangxi Arts University

The lecture will be held online. An invitation with the password will be sent to the IKO and CATS community via list serve. Watch for details!


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Online Teaching in SoSe 2020

(1) Subscribe to Mailing list (mandatory)

Dear freshmen, dear students, the summer semester 2020 starts with some adjustments. For smooth communication and so that you receive all important information about your studies, we would like to urgently advise you to subscribe to the "IKO-INTERN" mailing list if you have not already done so. Registration is mandatory for all IKO students.
[Subscribe IKO-INTERN] | [Information on ZO Mailing lists]

(2) Semester introduction SoSe 2020

If you missed the video of the semester introduction on April 22nd, 2020, but still want to find out more about the courses offered, please contact one of our lecturers.

(3) Tutorials

Video tutorial: E-Learning

Video tutorial: heidICON Basics

Institutsschließung und aktuelle Regelungen

Im Zuge der präventiven Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung der Verbreitung des Corona-Virus bleiben auf Beschluss des Rektorats alle universitären Gebäude, darunter auch die Institute des CATS sowie die CATS Bibliothek zunächst bis auf Weiteres für den Publikumsverkehr geschlossen. Unsere MitarbeiterInnen stehen Ihnen weiterhin per E-Mail zur Verfügung. Über aktuelle Entwicklungen informiert das Rektorat auf der Homepage der Universität. Auskunft zur Regelung von Abschlussprüfungen erhalten Sie beim Gemeinsamen Prüfungsamt.

Declaration in Support of Artists, Scholars, and Journalists of Japan

On September 26, Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, published its decision to withdraw all financial support from this year’s Aichi Triennale, one of the largest international art festivals in Japan. The undersigned express their deep concern about the current threats against the freedom of expression in Japan and call upon the Japanese government and all of its agencies to take the steps necessary to safeguard the rights of artists, journalists, and scholars as embodied in the Japanese constitution. [Declaration]

Welcome to CATS

Please note that the Institute of East Asian Art History will be of limited service during the week of March 25 to 29, 2019 due to the relocation in the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS).
The Institute of East Asian Art History welcomes you from now on in the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS). You will find us in Voßstraße 2, Building 4120, 1st floor. Join us in this new era of sophisticated teaching and pioneering research in conjunction with the Heidelberg Institutes of Asian Studies.

Katharina Rode und Dinah Zank werden neue wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen der Kunstgeschichte Japans

Das Institut für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens begrüßt sehr herzlich unsere beiden neuen Mitarbeiterinnen der Kunstgeschichte Japans, Katharina Rode, Mag. und Dinah Zank, Mag. Beide neuen Kolleginnen erwarben ihre Magister in Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens an unserem Institut.
Katharina Rode bekam danach ein dreijähriges Doktorandenstipendium am GPTS des Exzellenzclusters “Asia and Europe in a Global Kontext” sowie ein weiteres Stipendium der Geschwister Supp-Stiftung und arbeitet über die Rolle der Imitation für Modernisierungsprozesse der Meiji-zeitlichen Malerei anhand des Malers Kawabata Gyokusho.
Dinah Zank war nach ihrem Magister als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Exzellenzcluster für transkulturelle Studien UFSP Asien und Europa der Universität Zürich und an der Japanologie der Freien Universität Berlin im Bereich Literatur und Kulturwissenschaft tätig. Sie promoviert am Institut für Kunstgeschichte am Lehrstuhl Ostasien der Universität Zürich zum künstlerischen Austausch in der buddhistischen Malerei zwischen Japan und Indien im frühen zwanzigsten Jahrhundert.
Wir heißen beide neuen Mitarbeiterinnen sehr herzlich willkommen und freuen uns auf eine anregende und lebendige Zusammenarbeit.
Das IKO-Team

Dr. Mio Wakita is the new curator of the MAK Asia Collection

Dr. Mio Wakita, former assistant professor at the Institute of East Asian Art History, took up the position as Curator of Asian Art at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna. We are very proud of Mio’s accomplishments and wish her all the best for the future. Her contact can be found via [MAK press release]


Eine aktuelle Übersicht der Kombinationsmöglichkeiten, Modul- und Kurshandbücher und Prüfungsordnungen der Studiengänge am ZO finden Sie auf dieser Seite.

ab SoSe 2018 | Änderung der Prüfungsordnungen

Zum Sommersemester 2018 tritt die Dritte Satzung zur Änderung der Prüfungsordnung für den Bachelor-Begleitfachstudiengang Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens, die Zweite Satzung der Änderung der Prüfungsordnung für den Masterstudiengang Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens (East Asian Art History) sowie die Sechste Satzung der Änderung der Prüfungsordnung für den Bachelorstudiengang Ostasienwissenschaften in Kraft.
1. Studierende, die bereits eingeschrieben sind, haben die Wahl, sich auf die neue Studiengänge umzuschreiben;
2. Jede/r, die/der sich ab SoSe 2018 einschreibt, studiert ab sofort nach der neuen Prüfungsordnung.

Presse | HAIlife: Photographien von Dietrich Seckel

HAIlife Magazin 2017

Einblick in eine vergangene Welt.
Heidelberg Alumni International (HAI) zeigt in der neuesten Ausgabe seines jährlich erscheinenden Magazins HAIlife eine Reihe von Photographien aus dem Dietrich Seckel Archiv am Institut für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens. 2017 jährt sich der Todestag des Institutsgründers zum zehnten Mal. Die gezeigten Aufnahmen fertigte Seckel während seines Aufenthalts in Japan in den Jahren zwischen 1936-1942 an. Sie zeigen seinen Alltag als Deutschlektor, als Reisender und als Bewunderer der Kunst und Kultur des fernen Ostens. [HAIlife]

Yu Yusen (Ph.D. candidate) wins the MEM Graduate Student Prize

Chinese paper depicting pomegranates, facing pages of the Dīvān of Hafiz (Poetry of Hafiz), Herat, 1451, British Library (Add.7759, ff. 60v, 61r)

Congratulations to Yu Yusen who has won the annual Graduate Student Prize from the Middle East Medievalists (MEM) with his article "Chinese Gold-decorated Paper and the Persianate Book Arts." His article discusses the Timurid consumption of Chinese gold-decorated paper, a commodity that circulated on the pre-modern “silk” road, as a case study, seeking to shed new insights on the issue of Persianate-Islamic reception of Chinese art. Based on a codicological survey, the article offers some preliminary observations on the interconnected relationship between Chinese paper and the aesthetic formation of manuscript decoration in the 15th-century Central Asia and Iran. Each year the Board of Directors of the Middle East Medievalists (MEM) offers a prize for the best graduate student paper on a medieval topic at the annual Middle East Studies Association meeting.
Mr. Yu Yusen is currently a PhD candidate in the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University with a three-year fellowship of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context,” Heidelberg University studying under the director of Professors Sarah E. Fraser and Monica Juneja.

Ausstellung | Beziehungen und Verwicklungen

Ausstellung | Beziehungen und Verwicklungen. Asien und Deutschland in den Weltkriegen Beziehungen und Verwicklungen.
Asien und Deutschland in den Weltkriegen

15. Mai bis 31. Oktober 2017
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg

Ende 2018 wird das Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) auf dem Campus Bergheim einziehen. Zum CATS gehören das Südasien-Institut, das Zentrum für Ostasienwissenschaften, das Institut für Ethnologie sowie das Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies. Schon jetzt zeigen Institute und Bibliotheken des CATS in einer gemeinsamen Ausstellung von Mitte Mai bis Ende Oktober 2017 in vier Vitrinen im Foyer der UB unter anderem eine Auswahl aus ihren Beständen zu Asien und Deutschland in den Weltkriegen: Dokumente zu den Beziehungen zwischen Deutschland und Ostasien von 1931 bis 1945, zu Indien in den beiden Weltkriegen, sowie ein Portrait des Heidelberger Begründers der Ostasiatischen Kunstgeschichte im deutschsprachigen Raum, Dietrich Seckel (1910–2007), aus der Zeit seines Japanaufenthalts zwischen 1936 und 1942.

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Online Archiv | Dietrich Seckel – Fotografien aus Japan

Online Archiv | Dietrich Seckel. Fotografien von Japan aus den Jahren 1936 – 1942 Zum 10. Todesjahr von Dietrich Seckel

Die Etablierung des Faches Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens in Deutschland ist eng verbunden mit der Lebensleistung von Dietrich Seckel (1910-2007), der sich während seines Aufenthaltes in Japan als Deutschlehrer zwischen 1936 und 1947 mit der Kunst und Architektur Japans auseinandersetzte und nach seiner Rückkehr 1948 in Heidelberg habilitierte – damals in einem noch nicht institutionalisierten Fach. 1965 wurde für ihn der erste Lehrstuhl eingerichtet. Nach seinem Tod im Jahr 2007, erhielt das Institut die fast eintausend Amateurfotos, die Seckel selbst zwischen Ende 1936 und 1942 während seiner Lehrtätigkeit in Japan aufnahm. Diese wurden digitalisiert und sind nun öffentlich zugänglich. Die Alltags-, Natur- und Architekturaufnahmen, die diesen Bestand bestimmen, enthüllen einerseits einen Teil seines persönlichen Werdegangs und eröffnen anderseits einen ungewöhnlichen und beeindruckenden Blick auf Japan während der Vor- und Kriegszeit. In einer Masterarbeit vom Jahr 2016 hat Anne-Laure Bodin historische Hintergründe und Aspekte der Fotos analysiert und eingeordnet.

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Fotogalerie | AbsolventInnen- und Promotionsfeier des ZO

4. November 2016 | AbsolventInnen- und Promotionsfeier des ZO Am Freitag, den 4. November 2016 fand die feierliche Verabschiedung der AbsolventInnen des Zentrums für Ostasienwissenschaften statt.

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Latest Publication | Buddhist Stone Sutras in China: Sichuan V. III

Book title:


Buddhist Stone Sutras in China
Sichuan Province Vol. III

Wiesbaden 2016

Sun Hua, Claudia Wenzel

[Table of content]
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Latest Publication | Anton Schweizer: Ôsaki Hachiman

Cover Die-heldengalerie Book title: Ôsaki Hachiman: Architecture, Materiality, and Samurai Power in Seventeenth-Century Japan
Berlin 2016
Author: Anton Schweizer
Link: [More Information]

Ôsaki Hachiman (1607), located in Sendai, Japan, is one of only a handful of surviving buildings from the Momoyama period (1568–1615). The shrine is a rare example of “lacquered architecture”—an architectural type characterized by a shiny, black coat made of refined tree sap and evocative of transitory splendor and cyclical renewal. The shrine’s sponsor, the warlord Date Masamune, was one of the last independent feudal lords of his time and remains famous for dispatching diplomatic missions to Mexico, Spain, and Rome. Although his ambitions to become a ruler of Northern Japan were frustrated, his shrine stands as a lasting testament to the political struggles he faced, his global aspirations, and the cultural cloak by which he sought to advance these objectives.

Donation of Rubbings by Prof. Xuefeng Wei

14 June, 2016 | Donation of Rubbings by Prof. Xuefeng WeiOn June 14, 2016, Professor Xuefeng Wei, Director of the Sichuan Provincial Museum and a renowned archeologist and art historian in China donated 40 rare rubbings of carved tomb reliefs to the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University. All of these rubbings, dated to the Eastern Han dynasty, were made from the carved bricks or architectural fragments found in Sichuan tombs, now in the collection of Sichuan Provincial Museum. [more ...]

Kyoto Lecture Series | Anton Schweizer: "Island of Pleasure"

Unser Mitteilungsblatt wird digital

Hinter der Umsetzung der bisherigen Printpublikation „Die Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens im deutschsprachigen Raum“ in ein digitales, online zugängliches Verzeichnis steht der Wunsch nach einem vollständig durchsuch- und erweiterbaren Archiv, dass allen Interessierten einen Überblick über aktuelle und vergangene Aktivitäten des Faches Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens bietet. Da wir derzeit mit den Programmierarbeiten befasst sind, ist 2015 und 2016 keine Ausgabe erschienen. Aufgrund unvorhergesehener Gründe verschiebt sich der Launch des digitalen Verzeichnisses voraussichtlich auf Herbst 2017. Ab Ausgabe 43 wird das Mitteilungsblatt nur noch online erscheinen. [Mitteilungsblatt]

Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS)

Komp100x100 An der Universität Heidelberg entsteht das Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS). Auf der Webpräsenz des CATS werden die wesentlichen Aspekte des Zentrums vorgestellt sowie über den Baufortschritt informiert [mehr ...]

Website Launch: Hachiman Digital Handscrolls

The aim of the project was to enhance the digital presentation of long horizontal pictorial and textual formats, and render them available to a large audience. This objective was developed on the basis of the project leader's research regarding the Karmic Origins of the Great Hachiman Bodhisattva. Seven Japanese illuminated handscrolls, created between 1389 and the nineteenth century, narrate the religiously, aesthetically and politically highly influential text and paintings.
[more about the project]

Latest Publication | Buddhist Stone Sutras in China: Shandong V. II

Cover Die-heldengalerie
Book title:


Buddhist Stone Sutras in China
Shandong Province Vol. II

Wiesbaden 2014

Lothar Ledderose, Yongbo Wang, Claudia Wenzel

[Table of Content]
[More Informationen]

Latest Publication | Die Heldengalerie des Qianlong-Kaisers

Cover Die-heldengalerie
Book title:


Die Heldengalerie des Qianlong-Kaisers. Ein Beitrag zur chinesischen Porträtmalerei im 18. Jahrhundert
Frankfurt am Main 2015

Annette Bügener

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Latest Publication | Materiale Textkulturen

Materiale Textkulturen
Book title:


Materiale Textkulturen
Berlin 2015
Mit Beiträgen von Sabine Neumann
und Melanie Trede (Teilprojekt B07)

Thomas Meier, Michael R. Ott,
Rebecca Sauer

[Table of Content]
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[Open Access]

Latest Publication | Buddhist Stone Sutras in China: Sichuan Vol. II

Buddhist Stone Sutras in China. Sichuan Province Vol. II
Book title:


Buddhist Stone Sutras in China
Sichuan Province Vol. II

Wiesbaden 2015

Lothar Ledderose, Hua Sun,
Sueyling Tsai

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Drittes Forum Ostasiatische Kunstgeschichte
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Buddhist Stone Sutras in China
Sichuan Province Vol. I

Wiesbaden 2014

Lothar Ledderose, Hua Sun

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The Origin of Kraak Porcelain
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Weinstadt 2014

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Buddhist Stone Sutras in China
Shandong Province Vol. I

Wiesbaden 2014

Lothar Ledderose, Yongbo Wang

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Berlin | Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Otto Kümmels Auge: Zum 110. Jubiläum der "Ostasiatischen Kunstsammlung" in Berlin
19. Januar 2016 – 17. Juli 2016

Torii Rei: Ise
26. Mai 2016 – 8. Januar 2017

Schnittmengen. Zeitgenössiche Kunst und die Überlieferung
3. Juni 2016 – 8. Januar 2017

Hamburg | Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe

Japanische Tagträume. Die Sammlung Fotografie im Kontext
5. April – 10. Juli 2016

Hokusai X Manga
10. Juni – 11. September 2016

Köln | Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Magie der Zeichen. 3000 Jahre chinesische Schriftkunst
23. April 2016 – 17. Juli 2016

Ludwigsburg | MHP Arena

Die Terrakottaarmee & das Vermächtnis des ewigen Kaisers
22. Juni – 11. September 2016

Münster | Museum für Lackkunst

Japanischer Exportlack in deutschen Sammlungen
10. April – 3. Juli 2016

Stuttgart | Daimler Art Collection

Chinese Contemporary Art
bis 24. September 2017

Stuttgart | Lindenmuseum

Inro – Gürtelschmuck aus Japan
19. März 2016 – 29. Januar 2017

Oishii! Essen in Japan
15. Oktober 2016 – 23. April 2017


Paris (France) | Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet

13. April – 5. September 2016

Carte blanche à Shouchiku Tanabe
13. April – 19- September 2016

Miroir du désir – Images de femmes dans l'estampe japonaise
6. Juli – 10. Oktober 2016

Jade, des empereurs à l'Art Déco
19. Oktober 2016 – 16. Januar 2017

Zürich (Schweiz) | Museum Rietberg

Ito Shinsui. Nostalgie in der Moderne
17. September 2016 bis 8. Januar 2017

North America

Washington D.C. | Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art

Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty
16. April – 24. Juli 2016

Red: Ming Dynasty / Mark Rothko
3. September 2016 – 20. Februar 2017

9. Juli 2016 – 4. Juni 2017

Perspectives: Michael Joo
2. Juli 2016 – 9. Juli 2017


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