The site visit in Peru took place from January 24 to February 3, 2014, with a dense visiting program. The main destinations were Lima and Cusco, with a daytrip to Machu Picchu. Meetings were held with Ramon Mujica Pinilla (Universidad Nacional de San Marcos) and Natalia Majluf (MALI), which were very helpful for baroque and modern questions and are expected to result in further exchanges within the project. The focus of the trip was on the relationship between pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern architecture as theorized especially by Ángel Guido in the first half of the 20th century, who will be at the center of an article for the Connecting Art Histories initiative. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen studied Melchiorre Cafà’s Saint Rose in Lima, the most important early modern European sculpture in Latin America, which will be the subject of further research and will lead to an article and a paper. The many photographs taken on-site will be processed and added to the UZH’s international digital image library.
In January 2015, Prof. Dr. Jens Baumgarten and Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen travelled together to the Philippines in order to discuss the rarely analyzed relationships between Latin America and the Philippines. Their dense visiting plan included colonial and modern architecture in Manila and the main island Luzon. A special focus was put on museums and collections of the main universities such as the University of the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas, Atheneo as well as the Museum of the Philippine people, Metropolitan Museum, and Intramuros. Further site visits included art and architecture in Manila and its surroundings, as well as the sites in Northern Luzon (Ilocos Norte and Sur): Laolag, Paoay, and Vigan. Meetings took place with representatives of the main institutions, for instance with Patrick Duarte Flores (University of the Philippines) and Regalado Trota Jose (University of Santo Tomas). About 300 photographs of colonial and modern buildings and works of art from the first site visit have been processed technically and scientifically by the UZH media team and made available to the national and international Digitale Diathek database partners.