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Provenance and Asian Art: Symposium from 1 to 4 November 2023 in Washington, DC


The Museum für Asiatische Kunst and the Zentralarchiv of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin are holding a four-day symposium in Washington, DC together with the Smithsonian Institution. Taking place in November 2023, the symposium “Provenance and Asian Art” will build on the momentum established by the webinar series “Hidden Networks: The Trade of Asian Art” (2020–22), which was the first step in an ongoing international collaboration in the field of provenance research on Asian art.

From Wednesday 1 November to Saturday 4 November 2023, for the first time, a global community of Asian art provenance researchers working in international collections will gather in the Meyer Auditorium at the National Museum of Asian Art, where they will explore the complexities of the translocation of Asian Art and discuss how best to research, share, and debate these histories.

The symposium highlights provenance studies focused on East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian art. There will be presentations in five panel discussions, two workshops, and a keynote, as well as a public programme of events. The keynote lecture will be given by Naman Ahuja, professor of Indian art and architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University. The entire symposium programme is posted on the website of the National Museum of Asian Art.

The symposium will be carried out in English and is an in-person event. Online registrations are open until 31 October 2023.

This event is part of a larger collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz that seeks to cultivate a global network of provenance researchers and promote the exchange of information.