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Sabine Schenk

Sabine Schenk

Sabine Schenk
Japanese Studies/Art history
(PhD Students, October 1, 2010 - August 30, 2011)

  • Art, design and social phenomena in early 20th century Japan
  • Reciprocity in international art flows


Dissertation Project (tentative title)

Aspects of Takehisa Yumeji’s Artistic Concept Mirrored in his Art Theoretical Writings
Supervisor: Professor Evelyn Schulz, LMU Munich

Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) is often referred to as the “Utamaro of the Taishō-Period” or a “Pioneer of Japanese Graphic Design”. There is still a lack of detailed research on this particular artist outside of Japan. His work, covering multiple genres, was in his time not perceived as fine art and therefore hardly received outside of Japan. In contrast to that, Yumeji’s illustrations and designs remain popular even in today’s Japan.

This PhD project aims to compensate for the research deficit on Yumeji outside of Japan. Complementary to a descriptive survey of Yumeji‘s life and works, this thesis will focus on primary sources, showing Yumeji’s view towards the art of the day and its evaluation against the background of his work and the contemporary art world. 


Curated Exhibitions

Zuan – Expressions of Modern Design in Early 20th Century Japanese Art (April 24, 2010– July 31, 2010), The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

Co-curated Exhibitions

The Splendor of the Japanese Screen (February 6, 2010 – April 10, 2010), The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor (September 1, 2009 – January 30, 2010), The Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.