Published on Thursday, July 7th, 2011
Slowly redressing the imbalance beyond Western art, Courtauld Institute in London is taking a major step in widening its borders by establishing two new faculty teaching and research posts in Asian art history. These developments are expected to open exciting opportunities to scholars as well as benefit students.
The Courtauld Institute of Art has 450 national and international students and its 6,000 alumni have major impact worldwide with many at the helm of major arts and educational institutions in the UK and internationally.
The first post will be based in the period from 1000 to 1750 AD, focusing on questions of imperialism and artistic patronage from the perspective of empires in Asia. This post is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The second post is expected to draw from the bottomless source of contemporary and modern Asian art. As one of the growing and evolving areas of teaching and research at Courtauld, this area is expected to expand and flourish. This sector is supported by Manuela and Iwan Wirth, co-Presidents of Hauser & Wirth.
By breaking down divisions of disciplines, Courtauld Institute is taking giant strides; simultaneously enriching, serving a wider public and offering a global outlook on art and its histories.
Moreover the institute aims to build on access to significant heritage sites, multidisciplinary approaches incorporating art, history and science, constructing physical histories, analysis of technology and strong partnerships and collaborations within India, the Himalayas and China.