28 October 2023 to 14 April 2024

Creating Memories: Japanese Photographs

Haus der Graphischen Sammlung – an exhibition by the Museum Natur und Mensch

Fascinating landscapes, spectacular temples or people adopting romantically staged poses while wearing traditional costumes: early photographs such as these, hand-coloured in delicate shades, still influence the image of Japan abroad to this day. Countless ateliers offered the images for sale as souvenirs. Their dissemination throughout Europe led to Japan becoming a place of longing for many travellers towards the end of the 19th century.
Zurich-based East Asia specialist Hans Bjarne Thomsen has researched the photographs of the Ethnological Collection at the Museum Natur und Mensch (Museum of Nature and Man). We now present them as a cabinet exhibition in two successive hangings, placing them in their cultural-historical context.
Hanging I: 28 October 2023 to 7 January 2024
Hanging II: 13 January to 28 April 2024

Wilhelm Hasemann, Nach dem Kirchgang in Gutach, Leihgabe aus Privatbesitz, Foto: Axel Killian
Abendstimmung am Berg Fuji, Handcolorierte schwarz-weiß Fotografie, Japan, 2. Hälfte 19. Jahrhundert, Foto: Axel Killian