Zurück zur Übersicht Kalenderwoche 3: Montag, 17.01.2022 bis Sonntag, 23.01.2022


14.15 Uhr

Applied Arts in Perspective: Collecting and Displaying Asian Art in Frankfurt

Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Curator Asian Collection

In the history of German museums, Asian art was initially placed in ethnographic museums to be studied as material culture in relation to religious and folk practices; in the early years of the twentieth century, the growing awareness of East Asian objects as a significant part of “world art” shaped practices of display and defined the collections of specialized museums in Berlin and Köln. The Museum of Applied Arts (Museum Angewandte Kunst) in Frankfurt takes yet another approach, which became representative of German crafts museums. Founded as a crafts association in 1877, the collection had a strong focus on applied arts, but the East Asian holdings also included so-called “fine arts” objects; i.e., painting, sculpture, calligraphy, and prints.

The Museum Angewandte Kunst has gone through remarkable changes since its opening in 1985. In its early years, the building’s unique architecture attracted large crowds; since 2012, visitors have come to the museum for the radically new, and sometimes controversial, exhibition strategy of Matthias Wagner K., the museum’s director. The Covid pandemic, its associated financial challenges, and the new sensitivity towards provenance research, has led the museum to rethink its strategies for collecting and displaying objects both in physical exhibits and on the museum website. This lecture will present a survey of the museum’s changing profile and address present-day challenges.


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Alle Termine der Veranstaltung 'Cultural Heritage in a Digital World':

In this lecture series, researchers and curators discuss how to bring new life to East Asian art by exploring digital technologies and virtual environments. Each speaker addresses different functions that digital tools have in their work and how these help them answer new research questions and broaden access to East Asian heritage. The use of photography in the conservation of ancient sites and architectural reconstruction is the focus of Dr. Frances Terpak’s talk; architectural modelling and digital simulation of movement are employed by Dr. Pania Yu in her analysis of Chinese landscape painting; and the development of a virtual environment for the museum is addressed by Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg in connection to the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic.

Montag, 15. November 2021, 14.15 Uhr

Palmyra and Beijing: Uses of Early (Colonial) Photography in Conservation, Digital Humanities, and Critical Museum Studies

Dr. Frances Terpak, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (USA), Senior Curator and Head of Photographs

Montag, 06. Dezember 2021, 14.15 Uhr

Suzhou Surging Wave Pavilion: Translating Landscape Paintings into Architectural Drawings

Dr. Pania Mu, Heidelberg University, CATS, Postdoctoral Researcher

Montag, 17. Januar 2022, 14.15 Uhr

Applied Arts in Perspective: Collecting and Displaying Asian Art in Frankfurt

Dr. Stephan von der Schulenburg, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Curator Asian Collection