Lectures at IKO Heidelberg, Oct-Nov 16

Japanese script logo of the art history department of Heidelberg UniversityInstitute of East Asian Art History at Heidelberg University

October 24 – November 3, 2016
Lectures on Japanese art and transcultural engagements at Heidelberg University

The Institute of East Asian Art History (IKO) at Heidelberg University is pleased to invite you to three lectures in the coming two weeks. They address transcultural engagements in modern Japanese ceramics, screen paintings created in Mexico, Spain and Portugal in response to Japanese byobu (“biombo”), and buddhist sculpture of the Southern Dynasties and its East-Asian impact.

Venue: Institute of East Asian Art History, Seminarstr. 4, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany, Seminar Room 311.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016, 6 PM

Gisela Jahn (Freie Universität, Berlin) : Japanese Ceramics. Departure into the 20th century (German)

The decline of Japanese ceramics of the Meiji-period around 1900, especially made for export to the western hemisphere, opened new ways and possibilities to a younger generation of ceramicists. Historical, political and national developments turned their attention to Korea, China and previous Japanese artists from the Muromachi- and Momoyama-periods (1334-1573, 1573-1615) …


Washizu Katsura (Kyushu National Museum) : Biombo of Birds and Flowers: A hybrid Art of Asian and European Paintings

From the middle of the 16th century to the first half of the 17th century, European missionaries and travellers came to Japan and brought a variety of Western objects and the scientific knowledge with them, which open the eyes of the Japanese people to the wider world. Meanwhile, there was a unique Japanese object that caught the foreigners’ interest and was shipped to cities around the globe, i.e. byobu (the folding screen) or biombos in Spanish and Portuguese idiom. (…) This lecture aims to give an overview of the export of Japanese folding screens and then to look into several outstanding works of biombos such as the “Birds and Flowers” made in Macau, which blends subjects, iconography and painting techniques of both Asian and European origin in a surprising fashion.


Yutaka FUJIOKA (Osaka University) : Buddhist Sculpture of the Southern Dynasties and its Dissemination

An important issue in the research of Buddhist sculpture of the Asuka Period and the Korean Three Kingdoms is its relation to sculpture from China’s Southern Dynasties, as well as that of the Sui and early Tang. Research based on historical records and archaeological findings has highlighted the connection to Buddhist images of the Southern Dynasties. (…) The goal of the present lecture is first, to understand the image production of the Southern Dynasties and especially that of the Liang Dynasty, based on recent discoveries and research results. Second, by comparing sculptures from the Southern Dynasties with those from Shandong, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan, the forms of dissemination from the Southern Dynasties to other regions shall be investigated.

Read on here : ArtHist.net Oct 17, 2016