Institute Colloquium, Spring

Routes and Paths: Knowledge Transfer in Asian Art

Institute Colloquium of the Institute of Art History, Spring Semester 2017

Organization

Prof. Dr. Hans Bjarne Thomsen und Alessandra Lardelli

Cooperation

Kunsthistorisches Institut (Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens), UFSP Asien und Europa und Schweizerisch-Japanische Gesellschaft

Venues

University of Zurich, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich (February 22 to May 17, 2017)
University of Zurich, Room RAA G-01, Rämistrasse 59, 8001 Zurich (May 31, 2017)

Description

Objects, ideas, and belief systems travel from culture to culture, along routes of knowledge transfer. Asian examples would be the Silk Road, Mongol conquests, trade winds, VOC (Dutch East India Company) trade routes, and safe harbors. These routes can be land-based or maritime; they can be established roads or less- travelled paths; they can be travelled with or without maps and can be simple, complex, or entangled. Importantly, they lead from one place to the other over time and have a real history. Such routes often foster an intense exchange of ideas across contact zones, leading to new ideas, new identities, and new art forms.

The colloquium, inspired by the Getty’s Connecting Seas program, will look at the functions of routes and paths in the service of knowledge transfer. Scholars representing a wide range of fields within Asian art have been invited to address various angles and approaches to this topic. Through these case studies, we will examine how knowledge transfer can work toward bringing objects and ideas to different cultures and how these new ideas are then received, appropriated, or assimilated into pre-existing art forms.

Program


February 22, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Routes and Paths: Knowledge Transfer in Asian Art
Prof. Dr. Hans Bjarne Thomsen, University of Zurich


March 1, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Some Chinese Roots of Conceptual Art or Ai Weiwei in New York
Roger M. Buergel, Director, Johann Jacobs Museum


Keynote Speech
March 8, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich

The Disentanglement of the World: A History of the 20th Century
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch, Director, Europa Institute, University of Basel


March 15, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
To Zurich with Love: Direct and Indirect Import Routes for Asian Art, ca. 1860 to 1960
Prof. Dr. Alexis Schwarzenbach, Lucerne University – School of Art & Design


March 22, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Frühmittelalterliche Seiden aus Zentralasien – die Überlieferung im Westen und im Osten
Dr. Regula Schorta, Director, Abegg-Stiftung


March 29, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Perspectives Strong and Weak in the World of 19th Century Hawai’i
Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre, University of Zurich


April 5, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Photography and Early Experimental Women Artists in Mainland China
Xenia Piëch, PhD Candidate, University of Zurich


April 12, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Showing (off) Chinese Neolithic Pottery in Museums in China
Sofia Bollo, PhD Candidate, University of Zurich


April 26, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Rodin in Tokyo? Zur Rezeption europäischer Skulptur in Japan um 1900
Jeanne Fichtner, Curator of East Asian Art, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum, St. Gallen


May 3, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Bihzad in Japan: The Circulation of Persian Images Across Asia and Europe
Dr. Yuka Kadoi, Edinburgh

May 10, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Ukiyo-e als Weltspiegel: Übersetzungs- und Transformationsprozesse im populären Farbholzschnitt der Edo-Zeit
Sabine Sophia Bradel, PhD Candidate, University of Zurich


May 17, 2017, 18:15–19:45, Room RAK E-8, Rämistrasse 73, 8001 Zurich
Stars from the East: Motivtransfer zwischen der Islamischen Welt und dem Westen
Prof. Dr. Francine Giese, University of Zurich