Asian Art: Markets, Provenance, History. Panel discussion on September 5th, 2018


The Kunstbibliothek is hosting a panel discussion to mark the closing of the special presentation ‘German Sales 1901-1929’ in the Kunstbibliothek foyer, to take place on an evening at which initial results of the research and digitalisation project ‘Kunst – Auktionen – Provenienzen. Der deutsche Kunsthandel im Spiegel der Auktionskataloge der Jahre 1901 bis 1929’ (Art – Auctions – Provenances: the German Art Trade as Reflected in Auction Catalogues from 1901 to 1929) will be presented. The theme of the evening will be trade in Asian art and artefacts in the European and Asian art markets from the 18th century until today.

The Panel

The occasion for this focus is the new edition of the Journal for Art Market Studies (JAMS) Asian Art: Markets, Provenance, History’, which will be released online the same evening. The panel is composed of academics and journalists, all of them experts who deal with the topic, which is an extremely current one within contemporary debates over the politics of culture. Dr Christine Howald directs the research project ‘TEAA - Tracing East Asian Art’ at the Technische Universität Berlin, which investigates the Western market for Chinese, Japanese and Korean art during the first century following the opening up of East Asia (1842-1945). She has initiated collaborations with institutions in China in order to derive further information concerning the art market in China during the late 19th and early 20th century. Dr Alexander Hofmann, Curator for Art from Japan at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst has long studied the market for traditional art from Japan. Moreover, Christine Howald and Alexander Hofmann are founders of a network of researchers investigating the provenance of East Asian artworks. Dr Britta Bommert, research fellow for the German Sales project and curator of the foyer exhibition, has written a contribution to the new edition of JAMS in which she analyses catalogues from Asian art auctions in the period 1901 to 1929. In several articles for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, journalist Minh An Szabo de Bucs has recently elucidated the current international market in Asian art and artefacts.

The evening will be moderated by JAMS editor and art historian Susanne Meyer-Abich, an expert with years of professional experience at renowned action houses.