Artibus Asiae

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Artibus Asiae  
Cover page of Artibus Asiae.jpg
DisciplineArt, archeology
Edited byAmy McNair
Publication details
Publication history
Museum Rietberg Zurich (Switzerland)
Delayed (after 5 years)
Standard abbreviations
Artibus Asiae
OCLC no.61966661

Artibus Asiae is a biannual academic journal specialising in the arts and archaeology of Asia. Along with the Ostasiatische Zeitschrift (founded in 1912) it was one of the most successful journals in its field in the German-speaking part of Europe.[1] The first number of Artibus Asiae appeared in 1925. While earlier issues contained articles in German, French and English, today's contributions are mainly in English. Artibus Asiae is owned and published by the Museum Rietberg in Zurich. Artibus Asiae also published occasional monographs since 1937.


The first volume of the journal was published by the Avalun-Verlag Hellerau-Dresden in 1925 and was edited by Carl Hentze (1883–1975) and Alfred Salmony (1890–1958).[2] The early volumes appeared in four issues each, up to vol. 59. All subsequent volumes were published in two parts.

The typographer, publisher and later editor-in-chief Richard Hadl (1876–1944) had worked for the Leipzig-based publisher Drugulin as a director since 1922.[3] Drugulin was one of the leading publishing houses and known for their wide array of unusual typesets. Hadl established his own publishing house, "Offizin Richard Hadl", in 1926.[4] and published five volumes of the journal Artibus Asiae.[5]

During the Second World War all publishing activities were moved to Switzerland and the journal would only appear irregularly.[6] Vol. 8 no. 1 was the first issue to be published in Switzerland, printed by the Kommissionsverlag Braus Riggenbach in Basel. All further volumes were published by Artibus Asiae in Ascona, where Hadl and his co-worker and publisher, Luise C. Tarabori-Flesch from Trier had settled in 1938/39. After Hadl had died in 1944,[7] Miss Flesch kept the journal afloat on her own until 1946, when Alfred Salmony became editor-in-chief.[8] Salmony edited the journal until his death in 1958.[9]

Artibus Asiae's link to the current owner, the Museum Rietberg, was established through the museums's former director Elsy Leuzinger, who edited an issue (vol. 20 no. 1, 1957) to commemorate the founding donor of the Museum Rietberg, Eduard von der Heydt.[10] In 1985 (from vol. 46 on), the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation started to sponsor the journal. The Museum Rietberg was granted a special publication endowment in 1991 (vol. 51) and it henceforth became the owner of both the journal and the monograph series.


The following persons have served as editors-in-chief of Artibus Asiae:

Name Place Volumes Years
Carl Hentze & Alfred Salmony Antwerp and Cologne vol. 1–vol. 4 no. 3 1925–1932
Richard Hadl Leizpig and Ascona vol. 4 no. 4–vol. 8 1925–1945
Alfred Salmony Institute of Fine Arts, New York University vols. 9–20 1945–1957
Alexander Soper Institute of Fine Arts, New York University vols. 21–52 1958–1992
Thomas Lawton Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington D.C. vols. 53–61 1993–2001
François Louis Bard Graduate Center, New York vol. 62–vol. 68 no. 1 2002–2008
Amy McNair University of Kansas vol. 68 no. 2–present 2008–present

Artibus Asiae monographs[edit]

Longer articles submitted to Artibus Asiae were often split into parts and published in several numbers of the journal. Artibus Asiae started to publish monographs on selected topics in 1937 to allow more lengthy contributions to the field.[11] They are conceived as a supplemental series to the journal and present a broad range of lavishly illustrated studies. Early monographs were on topics only remotely related to the arts, such as publications on the Tibetan grammar books Sum cu pa and Rtags kyi ‘ajug[12] or on Chinese literature.[13]


  1. ^ See Walravens, Hartmut, Ostasiatische Zeitschrift (1912–1943), Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst (1926-1943): Bibliographie und Register, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, 2000, XII.
  2. ^ For a biography of Salmony see Walravens, Hartmut, "Salmony, Alfred". In: Neue Deutsche Biographie, Band 22, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2005, 386-387. Salmonys editorial role is also mentioned in Li, Weijia, China und China-Erfahrung in Leben und Werk von Anna Seghers, Lang Verlag, Bern, 2010, 33.
  3. ^ Artibus Asiae, 1945 (vol. 8 no. 1), pp. i–iii.
  4. ^ Note: The first book in his publishing house was "Schriftproben der Offizin Richard Hadl", Berlin, 1929.
  5. ^ "Artibus Asiae" vol. 3, no. 2-3 (1928–1929) was still published by the Avalun-Verlag, but already printed by the Offizin Richard Hadl. From vol. 3, no. 4 through vol. 8, no. 1, Hadl acted as editor-in-chief in Leipzig.
  6. ^ Volume 7 appeared in 1937, Volume 8 no. 1 was published in 1940 and Volume 8 no. 2-4 only in 1945.
  7. ^ For Hadl's obituary see Artibus Asiae, 1945 (vol. 8 no. 1), pp. i–iii
  8. ^ Waterbury, Florence, "Alfred Salmony: 1890-1958", in: Archives of the Chinese Art Society of America, 1958 (vol. 12), 9. Lawton, Thomas, "Artibus Asiae Seventieth Anniversary," in: Artibus Asiae, 1995 (vol. 55, no. 1-2), 13.
  9. ^ Obituaries include; Ecke, Gustav, "In Memoriam Alfred Salmony", in: Ars Orientalis 1961 (vol. 4), 453; "Alfred Salmony (1890–1958)", in: College Art Journal, 1958 (vol. 18, no. 1), 77 and Waterbury, Florence, in: Asian Perspectives, 1958 (vol. 2 no. 1), 7.
  10. ^ An issue for von der Heydt's 70st[clarification needed] birthday was published in 1962 (vol. 25 no. 1).
  11. ^ For a list of published monographs, see
  12. ^ Rol Pai Rdo Rje; Johannes Schubert, Tibetische Nationalgrammatik: Das Sum cu pa und Rtags kyi ‘ajug pa, Artibus Asiae Supplementum vol. 1, 1937.
  13. ^ Wolfram Eberhard, Die Chinesische Novelle des 17.-19. Jahrhunderts: Eine Soziologische Untersuchung, Artibus Asiae Supplementum vol. 9, 1938

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