28 October 2023 to 14 April 2024

Creating Memories: Japanese Photographs

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

At the end of the 19th century, Japan became a dream destination for many travellers. Numerous studios sprang up on site offering for sale photographs of typical views of Japan, and the travellers themselves also circulated their own photographs. The delicate hues of the hand-coloured images of landscapes, temples, genre scenes and people in traditional work clothes have had a particularly strong influence on Japan's image abroad to this day. The House of Prints and Drawings is presenting the fascinating photographs from the Ethnological Collection of the Museum Natur und Mensch for the first time. The exhibition curator is the Zurich East Asia specialist Hans Bjarne Thomsen.

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