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Bachelor 2021/2022

Art of Asia: From Modern to Contemporary Period

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (History of Art)
Area of studies: History of Art
Delivered by: School of History
When: 3 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Anna Guseva, Lev Maciel
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 56

Course Syllabus


This course discusses different aspects of modern and contemporary art in Asian region (constructed of countries of East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Middle East) in terms of forms, material, styles and perception of art by encounters in different groups. Roughly beginning in the early 17th century, this course explores a variety of monuments and themes of the visual art of Asian countries. Besides this class looks particular on the encounter between the so-called West and the non-West. While lectures present a wide range of media from painting to photography, from engravings to architecture, seminars are based on discussion of selected case studies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • — to familiarize students with the major monuments and trends in Asian art history
  • — to analyse comparatively and from different perspectives crucial aspects of Asian art history in the context of the interaction of different traditions and cultures
  • — to familiarize students with a knowledge on major collections, attribution methods and research approaches
  • — introduce students to leading museum collection and exhibitions of Asian art
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Developing knowledge of the terminology related to Asian art
  • Developing skills in recognizing and analysing technique and styles of artworks from China, Korea and Japan
  • Developing skills of retrieving data from exhibition catalogues, museum and architectural data-bases and sources.
  • Developing students' critical thinking related to study of Asian art
  • Knowledge on historical and cultural context of Qing dynasty, key trends and centres for art-objects production
  • To become familiar with modern and contemporary Asian art and architecture and its context.
  • To become familiar with modern and contemporary Middle East and North African architecture
  • Understanding of evolution of approaches and current research agenda in Asian and Middle East art studies
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the course
  • The Art of Qing China
  • Arts and crafts of Korea: Joseon dynasty
  • Arts and crafts of Japan: Edo period
  • Understanding modern and contemporary Asian art and art in Asia
  • Art and architecture of Islamic world from the 18th to the 20th century
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Presentation-1
    Presentation on material from the block devoted to arts and culture of China, Korea and Japan; ts topic will be chosen be a student in consultation with the instructor)Presentation is based on reading material
  • non-blocking Test
    Test is conducted in 2 or 3 parts following lectures. It checks MOOC ("The Manchus and the Qing Dynasty" that is base on the edX platform: https://www.edx.org/course/china-part-6-manchus-qing-dynasty-harvardx-sw12-6x) and covered material presented in the sections on Asian Art
  • non-blocking Final Exam
    Exam presents an oral discussion with a tutor on a topic that a student choose and prepared in advance. Each student chooses on art-object or monument and prepared a presentation, which she or he has to send to the tutor in a week before the exam. Presentation should include: 1) catalogue-like description of an object or architectural building (author, technique, material, etc); historic context; understanding of artistic context through visual materia; 2) suggestion of a one research approaches or research question for further study; bibliography ( no less than 5 items).
  • non-blocking In-class participation
    In advance students are given material for reading or watching to prepare for the class discussions
  • non-blocking Presentation 2
    Reading report/oral presentation (Islamic Art) (its topic will be chosen by a student in consultation with instructor. Basing on reading material on Islamic Art
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.2 * Test + 0.3 * Final Exam + 0.25 * Presentation 2 + 0.15 * Presentation-1 + 0.1 * In-class participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bushell, S. W. (2012). Chinese Art. New York: Parkstone International. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=455924
  • Gordon, A. (2003). A Modern History of Japan : From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=120926
  • Nasser Rabbat. (2012). What is Islamic architecture anyway? Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.408C769D

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • A companion to Chinese art, , 2016
  • Antoinette, M., & Turner, C. (2014). Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions : Connectivities and World-making. ANU Press. https://doi.org/10.26530/OAPEN_515933
  • Art of Edo Japan : the artist and the city, 1615 - 1868, Guth, C., 1996
  • Bae, M., & Dimitriadis, G. (2015). Travelling home(s): contemporary Korean art after the postcolonial. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(3), 314–328. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2014.901786
  • Chinese art : a guide to motifs and visual imagery, Welch, P. B., 2008
  • Chinese art & culture, Thorp, R. L., 2001
  • Chinese art and its encounter with the world, Clarke, D., 2011
  • Clarke, D. J. (2011). Chinese Art and Its Encounter with the World. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=410603
  • Dirk Michel-Schertges. (2019). Contemporary Asian art and Western societies: cultural “universalism” or “uniqueness” in Asian modern art. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40856-019-0042-4
  • Edo : art in Japan, 1615 - 1868, Singer, R. T., 1998
  • Fenollosa, E. (2007). Epochs of Chinese and Japanese Art : An Outline History of East Asiatic Design (Vol. New and rev. ed. with copius notes by Professor Petrucci). Berkeley, Calif: Stone Bridge Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=480475
  • Hao Peng. (2019). Trade Relations between Qing China and Tokugawa Japan. Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.spr.stechi.978.981.13.7685.6
  • In grand style : celebrations in Korean art during the Joseon Dynasty, , 2013
  • Is art history global?, , 2007
  • JACKSON, A. D. (2015). Everyday life in Joseon-era Korea: Economy and Society. Acta Koreana, 18(1), 317–320. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=108504319
  • Japanese painting and national identity : Okakura Tenshin and His Circle, Weston, V., 2004
  • Kimura, T., & Harris, J. A. (2020). Exporting Japanese Aesthetics : Evolution From Tradition to Cool Japan. The Alpha Press.
  • Lillehoj, E. (2011). Art and Palace Politics in Early Modern Japan, 1580s-1680s. Leiden: Brill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=552279
  • Martine Julia van Ittersum. (2015). Adam Clulow, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.2533BB4F
  • Masterworks of Chinese art, Mackenzie, C., 2011
  • Modern masters of Kyoto : the transformation of Japanese painting traditions, Morioka, M., 2000
  • Muhn, B. (2018). North Korean Art : Paradoxical Realism. Irvine, CA: Seoul Selection. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1945356
  • Obtaining images : art, production and display in Edo Japan, Screech, T., 2012
  • Pathways to Korean culture : paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, Jungmann, B., 2014
  • Pirani, K. K., Petruccioli, A., & Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. (2002). Understanding Islamic Architecture. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=641137
  • Tomizawa-Kay, E. (2016). Changes in the Japanese art market with the emergence of the middle-class collector. Journal of the History of Collections, 28(2), 261–277. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhv029
  • Törmä, M. (2013). Enchanted by Lohans : Osvald Sireþn’s Journey Into Chinese Art. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=638991
  • Treasures from Korea : art and culture of the Joseon Dynasty,1392-1910, , 2014
  • Turner, C. (2015). Introduction Part 1 - Critical Themes, Geopolitical Change and Global Contexts in Contemporary Asian Art. ANU Press.