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Dr. Birgitta AUGUSTIN

Curator of Chinese Art
Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin)

Fellowship Project

Dr. Birgitta Augustin spent six months at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, where she conducted research on works related to Zhang Yu (1283–1350) in the collection.


Dr. Birgitta Augustin is currently Curator of Chinese art at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and was formerly the Associate Curator of Asian art and Acting Head of the Department of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Prior to taking up her position at the DIA, she was a Research Associate in the Asian Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, with research interest focusing on the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy of the Yuan dynasty.

Recent Development and Achievement

    Dr. Birgitta Augustin is currently working on the Mochan Shanzhuang Collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy, Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin, and on an exhibition of 17th-century Chinese painting and calligraphy from the museum’s own collection (2023).

Selected Publication(s)

  • Augustin, B. (2022). Chinese Art in Context. The New Presentations of Chinese Art in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in the Humboldt Forum. Orientations, 53(2), 34–43.
  • Augustin, B. (2020). Listening to the Rain: The Collective Commemoration of Lu Shanfu’s ‘Tingyulou’ through Poetry and Calligraphy. Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, 49, 345–416.
  • Augustin, B. (2017). Wang Xizhi’s Letter Kuaixue shiqing and Its Reception in the Yuan Dynasty. National Palace Museum Research Quarterly, 35(1), 133–179.