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Vernissage – Lines from East Asia. Japanese and Chinese Art on Paper

Lines from East Asia. Japanese and Chinese Art on Paper

ETH’s Collection of Prints and Drawings was founded in 1867

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 18:00 - 21:00
  • ETH Zürich - Graphische Sammlung - E52
    Rämistrasse 101
  • Linda Schädler Head ETH Collection
  • Susanne Pollack Exhibition Curator - Conservator ETH Collection
  • Prof. Hans Bjarne Thomsen Exhibition Curator – University of Zurich/Department East Asian Art History
  • ETH Zürich
In Cooperation with
  • Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce

Free admission for SJCC members and friends


  • Presentations (starting 18:30)
  • Musical accompaniment by the Trio Aido
  • Japanese cocktail reception

The exhibition shows very different facets of Japanese and Chinese printmaking: from the famous landscapes of Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), to the beautiful women of Utamaro Kitagawa (1753–1806) and influential manga volumes of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), to images of actors, detailed studies of plants and insects, and entertaining shunga prints with their often surprisingly explicit erotic content.

The crucial significance of Japanese coloured woodcuts for the birth of modern art is widely recognized. The exhibition shows East Asian works on paper together with late 19th and early 20th century European master prints from the collection of the Graphische Sammlung, including works by Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Emil Orlik, and Martha Cunz.