Chinese Architecture by Ernst Boerschmann: the Exhibition 1912








Dahlem Museums – Museum of Asian Art / Berlin

Chinese Architecture by Ernst Boerschmann: the Exhibition 1912
Exhibition > 9 November 2008







From 1906 to 1909, Ernst Boerschmann was engaged in making a close study of Chinese architecture at the request of the German government in China. From all the records he made, both in the form of drawings and photographs, a selection totalling some 204 photographs were put on display in the Königliche Kunstgewerbe-Museum in Berlin from 4 June to 20 July, 1912.




Ernst Boerschmann (1873-1949)
Ahnenhalle im Tempel der Familie Chen, Kanton, Provinz Guangdong, 1907
21,7 x 29,3 cm
© Kunstbibliothek – Sammlung Fotografie – Museum für Fotografie



A large part of the photographs are now to be found in the Art Library’s collection. As part of a series of seminars, students from the East Asian Department of the Institute of Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin were asked to arrange a selection of these photographs. Boerschmann researched Chinese architecture in 14 provinces and divided his exhibition into the topics of ‘Graves’, ‘Family shrines’, ‘Temples’, and ‘Pagodas’. As well as this, he also presented images of the various architectural complexes he visited in several provinces.



Ernst Boerschmann (1873-1949)
Die kaiserliche Bibliothek Wenlange am Westsee, Provinz Zhejiang, 1909
21,7 x 29,3 cm
© Kunstbibliothek – Sammlung Fotografie – Museum für Fotografie


Ernst Boerschmann (1873-1949)
Banbian Tempel in Yibin, Provinz Sichuan, 1907
© Kunstbibliothek – Sammlung Fotografie – Museum für Fotografie





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Dahlem Museums

The district of Berlin-Dahlem is home to the Ethnologisches Museum (Ethnological Museum) and the Museum of Asian Art, which house the city’s collections of non-European art and culture. This group of collections, internationally the most significant of its kind in terms of scope, quality and symmetry, was planned as a museum centre as early as the beginning of the 20th century, although its construction did not commence until the 1970s. The Museum of European Cultures has been housed in the same building since May 2005.





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~ by Stampfli & Turci on August 10, 2008.

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