Dr.

Natasha Kimmet

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Abteilung Altertumswissenschaften | Department Classical Studies

E-Mail
natasha.kimmet(at)oeaw.ac.at

1020 Wien, Hollandstraße 11-13

 

Kurzbiografie

Doktoratsstudium der Kunstgeschichte an der Universität Wien. 2015-2017 Curatorial Fellow am Rubin Museum of Art, New York. Ab 2019 wissenschafltiche Mitarbeiterin (Post Doc) am Institut für Kunstgeschichte und "Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History" der Universität Wien sowie ab 2021 wissenschafltiche Mitarbeiterin (Post Doc) am Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts.

 

Biographie

Biographie

Education

2019     Ph.D. Distinction, University of Vienna, History of Art

              Dissertation: Nako—The Village “Adorned with Temples”: Residential Architecture on the West Tibetan Frontier (c. 18th-21st centuries)

              Committee: Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Adam Hardy, Nachiket Chanchani, Peter Becker

2010     M.A. Distinction, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, History of Art and Archaeology

2007     B.A. Cum Laude, Bates College, History of Art and Visual Culture, Asian Studies minor

 

Additional Education

2006     School for International Training, Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Program, India, Bhutan, Nepal

2004     Bates College, Fall Semester Abroad, “Zen Arts and Environment,” Kanazawa, Japan

2004     Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Architecture Career Discovery Program

 

Professional Experience

2021-present    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Classical Studies, Austrian Archaeological Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences

2019-present    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Art History / CIRDIS, University of Vienna

2018-19            Research Fellow, Department of Art History / CIRDIS, University of Vienna

2018-present    Instructor and Coordinator, Curator Training Program, Kabul Museum Project,

                           University of Vienna (in cooperation with the National Museum of Afghanistan)

2015-17            Curatorial Fellow, Rubin Museum of Art, New York

2012-14           Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Art History, University of Vienna

2011                Teaching Assistant, “Arts of Afghanistan”, University of Vienna (in cooperation with the National Museum of Afghanistan)

 

Exhibitions

2016-17            Curator, “Monumental Lhasa: Fortress, Palace, Temple,”

                           Rubin Museum of Art, New York, September 16, 2016 to January 9, 2017

 

Projects

2018-present     “Cultural Formation and Transformation: Shahi Art and Architecture from Afghanistan to the West Tibetan Frontier at the     Dawn of the Islamic Era” (Austrian Science Fund Project P-31246, directed by Deborah Klimburg-Salter), https://shahimaterialculture.univie.ac.at/

2011-present       Kabul Museum Project, University of Vienna / National Museum of Afghanistan, https://www.univie.ac.at/cirdis/research/kabul-museum-project

2019                     Co-Organizer and Instructor, “Kabul Museum Project Art History and Curatorial Workshop in Japan” (cooperation between University of Vienna, Kyoto University, and National Museum of Afghanistan), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, December 1-14

Forschungsschwerpunkt

Buddhist art and architecture, Arts of Afghanistan and Historical Northwest India, Vernacular architecture of Tibet and the Himalayas, Tibetan and Himalayan art, Material culture and sacred space, Methodologies in borderland and cultural transfer studies

Mitglied der Forschungsgruppe

Numismatik

Publikation

Publikation

Publications

Journal Articles

2016     Anchored in Architecture: “Monumental Lhasa” at the Rubin Museum of Art. Orientations 47(7), 40–48.

2012     (with Gerald Kozicz) Ushnishavijaya: On the Relationship Between a Buddhist Deity and her Architectural Framework in Ladakh. Orientations 43(5), 21–29.

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Under review   
“Dwelling beneath the King of Mountains: The Contribution of Vernacular Architecture to the Sacred Landscape of a Himalayan Village (Nako, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India),” Proceedings of the 24th Conference of the European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, Naples, 2018. (submitted February 2019)

2016     Architectural Palimpsests: Exploring Matters of Production, Inhabitation, and Perception in the Vernacular Architecture of Nako (India). In: Nako: Research and Conservation in the Western Himalayas. Gabriela Krist (ed.). Vienna: Böhlau Verlag, 58–73.

2012     Sharing Sacred Space: A Comparative Study of Tabo and Borobudur. In: Selected Papers from the 13th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Berlin, 2010, Volume 2: Connecting Empires and States. Dominik Bonatz, Andreas Reinecke, & Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz (eds). Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 93–101.

 

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

Forthcoming     Afghanistan: II. Historical Survey. 1. Before c. AD 900. (ii) Sculpture. (d) c. 4th-c. 9th century AD (updated entry). Grove Art/Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. (submitted September 2019)

Forthcoming     Afghanistan: II. Historical Survey. 1. Before c. AD 900. (iii) Painting. Grove Art/Oxford Art Online (updated entry). Oxford University Press. (submitted September 2019)

2014     Review of Spirit of Place and the Evolution of the Vernacular House in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India, by Melissa Malouf Belz (Kansas State University Dissertation, 2012). Dissertation Reviews (http://dissertationreviews.org).

 

Invited Talks

2020     “Tabo Monastery: Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Western Himalayas,” guest lecture for Prof. Nachiket Chanchani’s seminar ASIAN 335 “Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration,” University of Michigan (online), October 22

2016     “Monumental Lhasa Exhibition Preview,” Private Members Talks, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, August 1 and September 14

2015     “Buddhism Beyond the Temple: Exploring Vernacular Architecture in the Himalayas,” Bates College, Lewiston, ME, November 12

2015     “Vernacular Architecture in the Western Himalayas,” High Altitude Lecture, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, February 24

 

Conferences

Panels Organized

2016     Co-Convener, Panel 33 “The Representation of Knowledge About Tibet and the Himalayas in Material and Visual Culture,” 14th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Bergen, Norway, June 22

 

Papers Presented

2019     “Buddhist Clay Sculpture Production in the Shahi Kingdoms: A Preliminary Investigation of the Akhnur School, c. 6th/7th century,” Transregional Academy “India and the World: New Arcs of Knowledge,” Kolkata, India, November 26

2018     “Dwelling beneath the King of Mountains: The Contribution of Vernacular Architecture to the Sacred Landscape of a Himalayan Village (Nako, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India),” European Association for South Asian Archaeology and Art, 24th Conference, Naples, Italy, July 2–6

2016     “Representing Iconic Architecture in Tibet: Monumental Lhasa at the Rubin Museum of Art,” 14th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Bergen, Norway

2015     “Future Projects at the Rubin Museum of Art,” Pecha kucha session, American Curators of Asian Art Forum (ACAAF), Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, April 12–14

2013     “Materiality and Ornamentation in Western Himalayan Architecture: An Examination of Historical and Contemporary Vernacular Architecture Traditions in Nako, Upper Kinnaur, India,” 13th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

2010     “Sharing Sacred Space: A Comparative Study of Tabo and Borobudur,” in the panel “Multi-Directional Flows of Buddhist Art in Southeast Asia,” 13th Annual Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA), Berlin, Germany