Burglind Jungmann


Ph.D. Heidelberg University, 1988
Phone 310-825-0937
Email jungmann@humnet.ucla.edu
Office Dodd Hall 212B
Office Hours: By appointment only


Burglind Jungmann studied East Asian art history at the University of Heidelberg and at Seoul National University. After receiving her Ph.D. and six more years of research in Korea and Japan she gained her second doctorate in 1996 and taught Korean art history at the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich. In 1999 she joined UCLA as Professor of Korean art history and also held an appointment of Curator of Korean art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 1999 to 2003. She has received awards from the Getty Research Institute, the Korea Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, The International Research Center for Japanese Studies, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).


In her teaching and research Professor Jungmann focuses on early modern Korean painting, positioning it in an interdisciplinary context of the cultural and intellectual exchange within East Asia and with Europe. Apart from publishing two books on artistic encounters between China, Korea and Japan she organized and wrote the catalogue for the exhibition Life in Ceramics – Five Contemporary Ceramics Artists (2010-2011). In her most recent book Pathways to Korean Culture (2014) she analyzes Chosŏn dynasty painting in the context of contemporaneous political, social and intellectual trends. She currently works on a comparative study of the reception history of two female artists, Sin Saimdang (1504-1551) and Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717).



  • Pathways to Korean Culture: Paintings of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910, London: Reaktion Books, 2014
  • (Co-editor, with Melanie Trede and Adele Schlomps) Shifting Paradigms in East Asian Visual Culture: A Festschrift for Lothar Ledderose, Stuttgart: Reimer Verlag 2012.
  • Life in Ceramics – Five Contemporary Korean Artists, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum, 2010
  • Painters as Envoys: Korean Inspiration in Eighteenth-Century Japanese Nanga, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004
  • Die koreanische Landschaftsmalerei und die chinesische Che-Schule [Korean Landscape Painting and the Chinese Zhe School], Münchner Ostasiatische Studien, Sonderreihe, vol. 4, Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag, 1992



  • History of Korean art (lecture): Introduction to arts and archaeology on the Korean peninsula from their Neolithic beginnings to the early 20th century through the analysis and discussion of a selection of monuments and objects within their technological, stylistic, religious, cultural, and socio-political contexts.
  • History of Korean Painting (lecture): Korean painting history from the Three Kingdoms period to the 19th century, examined within cultural, and socio-political contexts. Special emphasis lies on the diversity of topics and the social status of artists during the Chosŏn dynasty (1392 to 1910).
  • History of Korean Ceramics (lecture): History of Korean ceramics from the Neolithic period to the 19th century, with special emphasis on technological and stylistic developments.
  • Documentation, decoration and display: late Chosŏn court painting (seminar): Senior seminar on the ways in which the Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910) royal court employed the arts for political, ideological, ceremonial, documentary and decorative purposes, tracing the change of court fashions during the 18th and 19th centuries and examining the socio-historical context in which “folk painting” emerged.
  • Korea and Europe (seminar): Senior seminar exploring how Korean painters received information and inspiration from Europe during the Chosŏn dynasty (1392-1910) through diplomatic contacts with China, with focus on the direct contacts of Chosŏn envoys with European Jesuits in Beijing and on the adaptation of European cultural ideas and visual concepts by Chosŏn painters.



  • Sin Saimdang – Art and Gender in Early Chosŏn Korea (seminar): A seminar examining how ideological changes at the beginning of the Chosŏn dynasty affected the life and social position of women on the Korean peninsula and how political and social interests have manipulated the processes of selecting and collecting the paintings of the most famous female artist of pre-modern times.
  • Art Collecting in Chosŏn Korea – Prince Anp’yŏng’s Collection and Contemporaneous
  • Korean Ideas of Chinese Antiquity (seminar): An advanced seminar reconstructing the early Chosŏn perspective on Chinese painting history through a close reading of Sin Sukchu’s ‘Hwagi’ and examining how much the choices of the collector Prince Anp’yŏng influenced the subject matter and style of contemporaneous painting.
  • Text and Image in Chosŏn Dynasty Painting (seminar): An advanced seminar examining “key” paintings bearing important inscriptions by painters, collectors, or connoisseurs that open avenues to better understand the creation of the work and the intellectual and social circumstances under which it was produced and appreciated.
  • Korean Painters in Tokugawa Japan: A Story within East Asian Painting History (seminar): An interdisciplinary seminar investigating the diplomatic exchange between the Chosŏn court and the Edo (Tokugawa) bakufu and the Korean impact on Japanese art and material culture during the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • ‘Realism’ in Korean landscape painting (seminar): A study of the evolution of the visualization of famous sites on the Korean peninsula during 18th century, of similar artistic movements in China and Japan, and of the genesis of the term ‘true scenery.’



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