As the Museum of East Asian Art in Berlin celebrates its centenary, Herbert Butz explains how five seminal exhibitions, mounted in association with the museum, stimulated the German public's interest in Chinese and Japanese art. Wolfgang Klose shed light on the life of Gustav Jacoby, whose passion for Japanese art contributed to the museum's founding collection.
'Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection' is one of the special anniversary events. In just over a decade, Weber has built a focused collection comprising significant pieces in his chosen fields. Mathew McKelway discusses his paintings. Joe Earle introduces his Negoro and Kodaiji lacquer. Terry Satsuki Milhaupt described Weber's interest in textiles not traditionally collected by the museums. Nicole Rousmaniere shows the emergence of ceramic paintings in Japan during the late 16th and 17th century. In an interview, John Weber talks about the process of collecting and its psychology. East Asian lacquer belonging to Klaus F. Naumann, a long-timer benefactor of the museum, is also on view; Antje Papist-Matsuo highlights pieces which are representative of his 'Japanese' taste.
Therese Bartholomew introduces her forthcoming book and the exhibition, Hidden Meanings: Symbolism in Chinese Art. As 'Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection' opens at a second venue in Hamburg, Julie Segraves speaks to Uli Sigg about his experiences.
There is a preview of 'Asian Art in London'. In the commentary, John Sanday describes how the success of one small project has revolutionized a nation's thinking on conservation.