Lehrveranstaltungen FS 2020

Einführungsübungen: Landesspezifische Kontexte und Inhalte

Einführung in die Kunstgeschichte Chinas

Alina Martimyanova, M.A.
Donnerstag, 10:15–11:45

Der Kurs gibt eine allgemeine Einführung zu Objekten, Monumenten, Materialien, Techniken, und Gattungen der chinesischen Kunst und materiellen Kultur vom Neolithikum bis ins 21. Jahrhundert. Wir werden hierbei weitestgehend chronologisch mit jeweils thematischen Schwerpunkten vorgehen. Zu diesen zählen u.a. die frühen Jade- und Bronzeobjekte, Grabkunst, buddhistische und daoistische Kunst und Architektur, chinesische Kalligrafie und Malerei, Holzschnitte und Buchdruck, Kommerzialisierung und Professionalisierung der Künste sowie chinesische moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst im globalen Kontext. Neben ausschlaggebenden Strömungen und Entwicklungen der Kunstgeschichte Chinas werden die Kunstwerke stets im Zusammenhang ihrer jeweiligen historischen und sozialen Kontexte reflektiert und diskutiert. Wir werden hierbei weitestgehend chronologisch mit jeweils thematischen Schwerpunkten vorgehen.

Der Unterricht findet in Englisch statt. Aufgaben, Prüfungen und mündliche Beiträge sind sowohl auf Englisch als auch auf Deutsch angeboten werden. Ein Grossteil der zu lesenden Texte ist in englischer Sprache.


Studies into the Contemporary Art in East Asia: Challenges and Approaches

Natasha Fischer-Vaidya, lic. phil.
Montag, 14:00–15:45 Uhr

This seminar will explore various aspects of contemporary art in East Asia through a framework of questions, to address the challenges and find approaches to the study of this field within the art historical context. The process will begin by considering ways in which contemporary East Asian art can be defined and where its boundaries might be found. Questions raised in the course will relate to concepts such as identity, gender, agency, and materiality, and how these shape our study and understanding of contemporary artworks and artistic practices. We will examine the role of artist, artwork, and audience in the creation and reception of art in the contemporary context, and will consider strategies for curating and exhibiting contemporary East Asian art.

The early seminar sessions will begin with discussions on these themes and will introduce theoretical approaches, while the following sessions will be centred on the presentation of individual research topics and group discussions. The primary language of the class will be English, with many of the required readings also being in English. All assignments (written and oral) may be submitted either in English or in German.


Research into the Documents of East Asian Art

Prof. Dr. Hans B. Thomsen

Mittwoch 10:15-11:45

The field of East Asian art has undergone a series of dramatic changes over the last years, as modern technology has turned many older research tools and techniques upside down. The tools of the internet, social media, and database construction have given instant digital access to previously inaccessible objects and a way to the instant distribution of scientific texts and groundbreaking discoveries.

In this seminar, we will look at the challenges of these changes, examine what they have brought about and discuss the dangers of an uncritical, wholesale acceptance of new technologies. We will not only look at the ways the field has been changed but also how some aspects have remained constant. We will work with original documents and examine the way that they should be used, in research and in the classroom.

The goal of the seminar is not only to raise awareness of document research in our field but to encourage seminar participants to formulate new, sophisticated applications to research topics in East Asian art history.


Woodblock Receptions: Hiroshige and Hokusai

Prof. Dr. Hans B. Thomsen
Freitag, 12:15–13:45 Uhr

Japanese woodblock prints are among the most popular themes of East Asian art history. They were the subject of early Western research into East Asian art, they are a common topic of museum exhibitions in the West as well as in Japan, they constitute the largest category of East Asian art objects in Western museum collections, and they have been a constant topic of research in our KGOA projects.

In this lecture series, we will examine the lives and work of the two most famous woodblock print artists, in the East and the West, namely Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Both were extremely prolific artists of their time and created memorable print series, books, and paintings. We will examine some of the most famous series and prints, look at their background and contexts, question the standard stories of their lives, and describe the Western receptions of the artists.

Modulgruppe Museum und Archiv: Übungen

Research on East Asian prints at the Graphic Collection of the ETH

Prof. Hans B. Thomsen
Donnerstag, 14:15 –15:45 Uhr (14-tägig)

This practical class will focus on the Japanese and Chinese prints in the Graphic Collection of the ETH. Under the guidance of Prof. Thomsen, the students will be able to gain essential hands-on experience of working with original graphic works from East Asian and practice handling, cataloging, evaluating, identifying and describing these objects. The course will consist of several theoretical sessions, visits to the museum and actual survey, research work on individual assignments and group presentations of research results. Active participation, the submission of a written assignment and an oral presentation are required for passing the course.

The first class session takes place in the first week of lectures (February 20).


Celebrating Fifty Years of East Asian Art History at the University of Zurich

Prof. Hans B. Thomsen und Sabine Bradel, M.A.

Mittwoch, 18:15 –19:45 (14-tägig)

The first lecture in East Asian art history at the University of Zurich was held by Professor Helmut Brinker in 1970, thereby inaugurating half a century of courses on East Asian art history at the university. During this time, the Section for East Asian Art (KGOA) has worked with hundreds of students, dozens of doctoral students, as well as numerous museum exhibitions and international symposia. The KGOA will celebrate this year with numerous activities, including this institute colloquium, which will use this opportunity to invite leading experts on Japanese, Chinese, and Korean art to Zurich to give lectures on key aspects of the discipline.

For the programme and further details, please see
50 Jahre Kunstgeschichte Ostasien

Workshop zum Institutskolloquium (buchbar für Studierende im MA/PhD)

Als Ergänzung zu ihren Vorträgen im Institutskolloquium bieten die jeweiligen Referenten Masterstudierenden der KGOA die Möglichkeit an, an einzelnen Workshops teilzunehmen. Referenten und Termine, jeweils Mittwochs 14:00-15:45:

04.03.2020 Prof. Dr. Lukas Nickel
18.03.2020 Prof. N. V. Suhadolnik (fällt aus)
08.04.2020 Prof. Matthi Forrer
22.04.2020 Prof. JP Park
06.05.2020 Prof. Beatrix Mecsi
mit der Ausname: Donnerstag, 14.05.2020 10:00-12:00 Uhr Prinzessin Akiko von Mikasa



Kolloquium für Studierende des Masterstudiengangs und Doktorierende

Prof. Hans B. Thomsen
Donnerstag, 14:15 –15:45 Uhr (14-tägig)

14-tägige Sitzungen für fortgeschrittene Studierende der Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens. Studierende, die an MA-Arbeiten oder Dissertationen arbeiten, stellen ihre laufenden Projekte vor. Der Ablauf des Semesters wird in der ersten Sitzung festgelegt. Abhängig von der Anzahl der Teilnehmenden, können auch kunsthistorische Texte diskutiert werden.

Die erste Sitzung findet in der zweite Vorlesungswoche (27. Februar) statt.


Chinese Reverse-Glass Paintings in Romont (February 14, 2020)

Prof. Hans B. Thomsen

This is a one-day excursion to visit an important exhibition on Chinese reverse glass paintings “Reflets de Chine”, held at the Vitromusée Romont (June 16, 2019, to March 1, 2020). For the first time in Switzerland and at an international scale, the Vitromusée presents a major survey dedicated entirely to Chinese reverse glass painting, tracing its long, largely unresearched history. The exhibition gathers examples of the genre from two major collections in Germany and France, as well as the Vitromusée’s own collection, and features both reverse glass paintings made for export to Europe and for local consumption within China. The excursion will also coincide with a part of the international symposium, China and the West: Reconsidering Chinese Glass Paintings held on the subject (Feb 14-16, 2020).
The excursion will be combined with a one-day visit to the above symposium and we will confirm the date once the symposium schedule is announced. Students on any level (BA or MA) can participate.

The excursion cannot be booked via the module booking system. Please contact Alina Martimyanova (alina.martimyanova@khist.uzh.ch) by January 5, 2019, with a short motivation letter (as an attachment in Word or PDF format) explaining your interest in the excursion. Please also indicate your current level (BA or MA) and your matriculation number. A portion of travel expenses will be reimbursed by the KGOA.


Excursion to Italy  (March 30 - April 2, 2020)

Prof. Hans B. Thomsen

In this excursion, on March 30 and April 2, 2020, we are planning to travel to Italy and to look at major museums with holdings of East Asian art in Genoa and Turin. We will not only look at the objects as they are displayed in the galleries but also at the objects in storage. Our goal is not only to understand the objects but the routes by which they have arrived in their present location.

Active participation, submission of a written assignment, and an oral presentation are required for passing the course.

The excursion cannot be booked via the module booking system. Please contact Natasha Fischer-Vaidya (natasha.fischer@khist.uzh.ch) by February 28, 2020, with a short motivation letter (as an attachment in Word or PDF format) explaining your interest in the excursion. Please also indicate your current level (BA or MA) and your matriculation number. The number of participants is limited to twelve and students of all levels are encouraged to apply. A portion of travel expenses for the train and accommodation will be reimbursed by the KGOA.


Modulgruppe Theorien und Methoden: Selbststudium

Lektürekanon in westlichen und ostasiatischen Sprachen

(nur für MA-Studierende im HF)

Prof. Hans B. Thomsen

Studierende, die das Modul absolvieren, sind gebeten zu Beginn der Vorlesungszeit sich bei den Assistenten des Lehrstuhls zu melden um die Lektüreliste bzw.Besprechungs- und Prüfungstermine festzulegen.