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Kunsthistorisches Institut

Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens / East Asian Art History

The Chair in East Asian Art History at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich is dedicated to the study of art and visual cultures of China, Japan and Korea, spanning from ancient to contemporary times.  

Established over five decades ago and standing as the sole chair dedicated to East Asian Art History in Switzerland, the Chair, rooted in both wide international academic networks and rich collections of East Asian art kept in the country, serves as an important research and education hub for East Asian art history in Switzerland and beyond.  

The Chair combines practical hands-on research and critical theory perspectives to investigate East Asian art objects, their production, reception and circulation (including transnational and global interactions), advocating for inclusive, diverse approaches to studying of artefacts from different cultures. These principles guide the Chair’s research as well as its pedagogy, which stresses research-based education.  

Balancing critical theory approaches with object-based practices, teaching is conducted in diverse formats including seminars, lectures, practical exercises, excursions and colloquia as well as workshops and conferences. Favoring inquiry-based learning, hands-on study, field trips and guest speakers, the aim is to foster curiosity and provide students a pathway to versatile intellectual and professional development, preparing them for careers both within and outside the art world.   

Prof. Dr. Ewa Machotka
Mitarbeitende / Team
Forschung / Research (Prof. Machotka)
KGOA Studium / Study program
Aktuelles / News
Dissertationen und Abschlussarbeiten / Dissertations, MA and BA theses 
Archiv / Archive

Lehrstuhlinhaberin / Chair holder: Prof. Dr. Ewa Machotka

Prof. Machotka

Kontakt / Contact

Universität Zürich / University of Zurich  
Kunsthistorisches Institut / Institute of Art History  
Rämistr. 73  
CH-8006 Zürich  

Büro / Office: RAK 3-302  
Tel.: 044 634 28 33 (dir.)  
Tel.: +41 44 634 28 31 (Sekretariat)

Sprechstunde / Consultations

Fridays, 9:00–11:00, by appointment (

Zurich Lectures in East Asian Art History

The Zurich Lectures in East Asian Art History bring distinguished scholars in the field to the University of Zurich to deliver public lectures that explore current topics and research approaches in the study of art and visual culture of China, Japan, and Korea. Established with the goal of mapping innovative research in East Asian Art History, the Lectures aim to stimulate academic debate, expand the learning horizons of Zurich students, and foster a meaningful dialogue between academia and the broader public.

The lectures are hosted by the Chair in East Asian Art History at the University of Zurich. Established over five decades ago as the sole chair dedicated to the research and study of East Asian Art in Switzerland, and supported by the diverse collections and exhibitions of East Asian Art accessible locally, the Chair serves as an important knowledge hub for East Asian art history in Switzerland and beyond.

The Zurich Lectures in East Asian Art History continue the legacy of the Chair in East Asian Art History at the University of Zurich and honor the rich collections and history of the Swiss engagement with East Asian Art.

More Information

Aktuelles / News

  • Zurich Lectures in East Asian Art History

    Embodied Poems and Samurai Love: Poems for Screen-Paintings (Byōbu-e) and Imaginary Portraits (Kasen-e)
    Prof. Joshua S. Mostow
    (University of British Columbia)

    Ecce homo: the Japanese Male Body in Pain in WWII Visual Propaganda
    Prof. Sharalyn Orbaugh
    (University of British Columbia)

    Thursday, April 11, 2024, 18:15–20:00
    University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 59,
    Room RAA-G-15
  • Studieninformationstage 2024

    Vorlesung Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens: Hokusai - The Father of Manga?
    4. September 2024, 13:30-14:15, KOL-F-109
    5. September 2024, 13:30-14:15, KOL-F-109

    Studienpräsentation Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens mit Q&A
    5. September 2024, 11:15-12:00, KOL-H-321


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Kontakt / Contact

Universität Zürich
Kunsthistorisches Institut
Abteilung Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens
Rämistrasse 73
8006 Zürich

Tel: +41 (0)44 634 45 95 / +41 (0)44 634 59 44

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