Exhibition

What is 亞歐堂 meet asian art?

meet asian art is a venue for seeing, understanding and discussion at the Museum Angewandte Kunst.

It provides a setting for changing objects from the museum’s unique Asian art holdings. At the same time, meet asian art is more than just an exhibition space: as a forum for events and presentations, it also offers ever-new insights into Asia’s contribution to the art of the world.

A hint regarding the Asian Collection of the Museum Angewandte Kunst:

The website www.ukipedia.de gives you detailed information on the museum’s outstanding collection of Japanese ukiyoe prints.


Current exhibition 亞歐堂 meet asian art

Foto/Photo: Ute Kunze © Museum Angewandte Kunst

The torso of the bronze Buddha from Thailand, the cap of a wheel hub from ancient China, a stoneware “waster” (a piece of ceramic gone wrong during firing) from Korea, and the spacer of a Japanese sword—at first glance these seem to be completely different objects. What unites them: they are all incomplete parts or fragments that have been robbed of their original function and form. The exhibition presents thes e rarely shown objects from the Museum Angewandte Kunst Asian collection and is conceived to inspire a rethinking of notions of completeness, perfection, aesthetic added value, and origin.

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Past exhibitions 亞歐堂 meet asian art

Foto/Photo: Ute Kunze © Museum Angewandte Kunst

The Museum Angewandte Kunst did present the beauty of the archetypal shape of the bowl.

It showed selected examples from the Far East, including China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, manufactured over fourmillennia in a wide variety of materials and techniques. The Cabinet exhibition did trace a basic form of East Asian product design that evolved from the oldest Neolithic examples –all ceramics –to vessels made of materials such as jade, bronze, cloisonné or glass. Almost all the pieces that were shown come from the Asian collection of the Museum Angewandte Kunst.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg

More information about the exhibits can be downloaded here.

Foto/Photo: Ute Kunze © Museum Angewandte Kunst

The world of mythical creatures belongs to the most fascinating themes within China`s visual culture.

This exhibition presented selected objects from the Museum’s vast Asian Collection that are crafted in a wide range of materials and encompass more than 2,000 years of Chinese cultural and intellectual history.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg

More information about the exhibits can be downloaded here.

To the Chinese, jade has always been more valuable than silver or gold. In Chinese culture the precious stone with the milky grey-green lustre is seen as a symbol of long life and immortality. The high regard for this material explains the enduring popularity of jade-coloured pottery glazes in China ever since the first millennium BC.

In June 2018, the Museum Angewandte Kunst was showing a selection of celadon pottery in its meet asian art exhibition and event forum. With pieces produced over a period of two and a half thousand years, this cabinet exhibition beared impressive witness to the skilful craftsmanship of Chinese potters who used simple, elegant shapes and the unique colour of jade to create objects of great expressive power.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg

More information about the exhibits can be downloaded here.


Wanli Blue and White

In keeping with the preferences of the Ming Emperor Wanli (萬曆 “Ten Thousand Years”), Chinese blue-and-white porcelain dating from his reign (1572–1620) makes use of a wide range of symbols and hidden allusions to refer to happiness, a long life, health, equanimity and other such blessings.

For China, the reign of the Wanli Emperor represented an age of globalization. For the first time, large quantities of Chinese porcelain and other merchandise now found their way to Europe, where they were highly prized as luxury items and copied in part from such products as Frankfurt faience of the Early Baroque.

The 24 objects on view in the 亞歐堂 meet asian art cabinet clearly conveyed the difference between “imperial” porcelain, which also encompasses ware produced for the upscale domestic Chinese market, and the objects manufactured rapidly – and somewhat carelessly – for export to the Middle East and Europe. The oldest of the objects on display here have belonged to the museum’s collection for more than a hundred years. The largest proportion, however, go back to Carl Cords, whose extensive 1943 bequest forms the mainstay of our East Asian holdings.

The aim of this cabinet exhibition was to open a window on the outstanding collection of Chinese ceramics at the Museum Angewandte Kunst. Over several months, this was accordingly the main focus of the programme of guided tours, workshops and lectures accompanying the exhibition 亞歐堂 meet asian art.

Curator: Dr Stephan von der Schulenburg

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