In the Manner of ...
Inspiration, Study and Artistic Lineage

04.03.2023 to 29.08.2023
Humboldt Forum

In East Asia, painters often create works “after” or “in the manner of” an earlier master and mention this in their inscriptions. This does not mean that they wanted to make a copy or fake of an existing older masterpiece. Rather, the artists want to acknowledge their sources of inspiration or their artistic lineage, and to pay homage to these older masters. Artists from the Song dynasty (960–1279) and the Four Masters of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) – Huang Gongwang (1269–1354), Wu Zhen (1280–1354), Ni Zan (1301/1306–1374) and Wang Meng (1308–1385) – were particularly common sources of inspiration. In many cases, the relation is apparent only in a single element or detail. By creatively modifying parts of the composition or applying different colours, the artists make the works their own.


The exhibition is curated by Birgitta Augustin.

This temporary presentation of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is part of the permanent exhibition Ethnological Collections and Asian Art in the Humboldt Forum.

Buddha (Pakistan, 2--3. century) in the module "Buddhist Art in South Asia. Stupas, Buddhas,
Bodhisattvas" of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in the Humboldt Forum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel

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