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Exhibition on Newars in the Museum of Ethnology

22. Jun. 2012

Architectural drawings by the Newar people will be presented in an exhibition on "Architecture and Ritual" at Heidelberg’s Museum of Ethnology from June 21, 2012. The drawings are part of the extensive collection of Cluster member Prof. Niels Gutschow. The Cluster is one of the main supporters of the exhibition.

The exhibition "Architektur und Ritual – Tempel, Stupas und Klöster des Kathmandu Tals" will include 20 of the works Gutschow initially presented in his book "Architecture of the Newars. A History of Building Typologies and Details in Nepal", which was published in 2011. The exhibited architectural drawings are pieces which were skilfully made by Newar draftsmen. The Newar people developed a unique city culture, including ritual buildings. Gutschow began his research on their architecture in 1971. In addition to the drawings, the exhibition will show ritual objects and tools, including exhibits from Gutschow’s collection and from the museum.

The exhibition was opened with a talk by Prof. Michael Oppitz on June 21, 2012 at 6 pm at Heidelberg's Museum of Ethnology (Völkerkundemuseum). Oppitz, former curator of the Museum of Ethnology Zurich, spoke about drawing in ethnography ("Zeichnen in der Ethnography"). The exhibition is supported by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", the South Asia Institute, and the Collaborative Research Centre 619 "Ritual Dynamics".

Prof. Niels Gutschow is Coordinator of the Cluster’s research project D4 "Aspects of Authenticity in Architectural Heritage Conservation" and Honorary Professor at the Department of Indology at Heidelberg University.

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