University of Ljubljana

Chinese Art Objects and Other Materials in Slovenia: Identification, Registration and Digitization Project

The present paper will briefly introduce a newly begun research project at the Department of Asian and African Studies at University of Ljubljana, in Slovenia, which was planned in collaboration with Slovene Ethnographic Museum. The project will include Chinese art collections, together with other materials and resources, which are currently held in various museums and other institutions in Slovenia. While some collections and objects have been the subject of research in recent years, an overall survey and listing, i.e. identification, categorization, listing in catalogue format, and digitization, has yet to be undertaken. Many objects and materials are stored in depositories, and in some cases the existing categorization has proved to be incorrect. Due to this situation, a precise and comprehensive examination, analysis, study, identification and digitization of all Chinese art objects in institutional collections in Slovenia, will be performed.

The paper shall also briefly present two smaller projects, included within the aforesaid project, which are planned in collaboration with the Palace Museum in Beijing and the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The first project is the restoration of an original "model" of a Chinese house and decorative screens which were brought to Slovenia at the start of the 20th century. The second project instead concerns setting up a database of old photos, postcards and other documentary material from China with metadata, digital images and explanatory texts, that meet the most current international standards.

The paper will also briefly introduce the newly established EAAA, which has as its main aim encouraging and promoting academic and scholarly activities related to Asian art and archaeology in European countries. It will also discuss creating different forms of cooperation between European and Asian museums, in order to enhance the Chinese heritage and related researches in Europe. Such forms of collaboration can play an active role in today's globalized society, which is characterized by ever-expanding currents of intellectual and material exchanges.