ENCOUNTERING RETRACING MAPPING
The Ethnographic Legacy of Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter
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Since the 1970s the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich has
held culturally significant collections of Heinrich Harrer (1912–2006) and
Peter Aufschnaiter (1899–1973) that are now being published in Encountering – Retracing – Mapping.
From 1945 until 1951 both lived in Tibet. Aufschnaiter then worked in
Nepal, whereas Harrer undertook numerous expeditions. In the 1960s he
travelled to Asia, South America and Oceania. In the artefacts brought
back, craft skills as well as social organisational structures and world views
from the local communities are represented. They also reflect the viewpoints
of the travellers themselves.
For Encountering – Retracing – Mapping all of the Zurich collections have been researched
for the first time. Starting with the object, moments of encountering and
social change as well as historical and cultural developments can be
retraced, and the seemingly obvious is thus pieced together into an extended
map or knowledgescape.
Exhibition: Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich (CH), 1.7.2018–8.9.2019