God and Musician, northern Silk Road, Kizil, cave 171, 2nd quarter of 5th century © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Jürgen Liepe
Writing Manichaean priests and Old Turkic text, northern Silk Road, Khocho, 9th century © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Jürgen Liepe
Tosa school: Story of the demise of the Taira clan, Japan, Edo period, 17th century © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Jürgen Liepe
Tosa Hirochika: The tale of the young heavenly prince Amewakahiko, Japan, Muromachi period, 15th century (detail) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Jürgen Liepe
Since its founding in 1993, the Gesellschaft für indo-asiastische Kunst (Berlin Society for Indo-Asian Art) has been active in the preservation and promotion of artworks originating from South, Southeast and Central Asia, which are on public display in Germany, in particular in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
The society is a forum for experts, enthusiasts, and interested members of the public. It holds exclusive lectures and organizes excursions to places of interest for enthusiasts of Asian art. In addition to which it is responsible for publishing the scientific journal 'Indo-Asiatische Zeitschrift' (IAZ).
The DGOK (German Society for East-Asian Art) strives to help the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in its efforts to expand the existing collections through new acquisitions and to broaden its network of contacts, both with individuals and foundations.
A valuable contribution to the study and documentation of East-Asian art is made by its journal the 'Ostasiatische Zeitschrift'. In addition, regular events promote the knowledge and appreciation of East-Asian art in Berlin. Not least due to the economic and political importance that Asian countries currently command, an appreciation of the cultures of China, Japan, and Korea is rapidly becoming ever more essential.