Maart 2023


Water Konijn Jaar



Qiu Shihua | Leiko Ikemura | Kimsooja | Evelyn Taocheng Wang | Yu Duan

October 21, 2022 – April 10, 2023


The exhibition Horizons presents striking positions by contemporary, internationally renowned artists from China, Korea and Japan at the interface between Far Eastern and Western art. The exhibition includes works by Qiu Shihua, Leiko Ikemura, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Kimsooja and Yu Duan.

The selected artists come from the three East Asian countries represented by the MOK: China, Korea and Japan. They draw on their centuries-old tradition as part of their identity. In that spirit, individual pieces of ancient art are juxtaposed with their works in the exhibition. The influence of Western art on China, Korea and Japan has by no means eliminated tradition, instead challenging it to develop and evolve along new lines in the course of globalization. Transcending the bounds of their cultural origins, the artists cited above have created works that resonate with concepts from modern Western art.

Horizons testifies to the vitality and creative resilience of contemporary East Asian art. It constantly draws anew from its rich tradition and achieves impressive new inventions, rediscoveries and re-interpretations. It will play an increasingly important role on the international stage.

Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst Köln

Universitätsstrasse 100

D 50674 Köln





Mélanges Chinois et bouddhiques

We zijn verheugd de publicatie van het 34e deel van onze publicatie aan te kondigen: : Mélanges Chinois et bouddhiques.



This volume sheds new light on the matter of religious mountain culture in China – a theme of great relevance to the Chinese civilization. Already during the Chinese antiquity, mountains had specific ritual functions. This may be seen as a precursor to the importance mountains gained when in medieval China Buddhism and Daoism emerged as dominant religions. Adepts of both religions often went into retreat on mountains to practice spirituality, and as a result monastic communities often formed on mountains. In the further course, certain mountains began to attract pilgrims, since they were associated with famous practitioners who had lived there, or since they were seen as the seat of particular Buddhist or Daoist deities. As il would be impossible to cover this wide field in total, the present volume is designed to offer specialized studies of selected segments. Contributing scholars include Bart Dessein, Susan Andrews, Huang Chi-chiang, Timothy Wai Keung Chan, Thomas Jülch, Stephen Eskilden, jan De Meyer, and Louis Komjathy.

The cover image shows the Yuhua Hall of the Guoqing Monastery in the Tiantai Mountains. The image was taken by Thomas Jülch in 2017.