Meet the Artist (MTA) is a permanent in-house program of JDCA, where invited artists, craft persons or scholars through their illustrated presentations create an appreciation of all forms of visual art. 

Since 2001, 244 such MTAs have taken place on the second Saturday of every month. Currently, our sessions are being held online.

245 Meet the Artist Programme

with Deputy Director & Senior Curator

of South and Southeast Asian Art,

Museum Rietberg, Zurich
Dr Johannes Beltz, on:


Collaboration Matters: Indian Art & Artists at the Museum Rietberg

Saturday, 10 April 2021    

The talk presents the Museum Rietberg In Zurich as one of the most important cultural institutions in the field of Indian art in Switzerland. It explores on the museum's history, collections and activities focusing on the significance of international collaboration. It suggests that museums need to cooperate more than ever if they want to remain (or to become) relevant. Through a series of examples, successful models of cooperation will be discussed. The talk illustrates how art museums are places to discover pasts and to negotiate future.  

JOHANNES BELTZ is Deputy Director & Senior Curator of Indian and South East Asian Art at the Museum Rietberg, in Zurich. Having studied Indology and Indian religions at the Universities of Halle, Strasbourg, Lausanne, Paris and Heidelberg, his main interests lie in the fields of Buddhism and Hinduism, art and culture, in the past as well as in contemporary societies. He curated numerous exhibitions, such as "Next Stop Niravana: Approaches to Buddhism" in 2018 or "Javanese Shadow Theatre: Stories about Life and the World" (2020).