Selected Publications


2015                Modern Art in Pakistan. History, Tradition, Place, New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2015.

Edited Volumes

2023             Collecting Asian Art: Cultural Politics and Transregional Networks in Twentieth-Century Central Europe, Markéta Hánová, Yuka Kadoi, and Simone Wille (eds.), Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2023. (forthcoming in December)

2020                Zeynep Kuban, Simone Wille (eds.), André Lhote and His International Students, Innsbruck: innsbruck university press, 2020.

2005                Zeitsprünge, Raumfolgen, exhibition within the series „Islamische Welten,“ co-edited together with Barbara Barsch, ifa-gallery Berlin and Stuttgart, October 2005. 72 pages. Catalogue of the exhibition „Zeitsprünge, Raumfolgen,“ featuring 6 artists.

Peer-reviewed Academic Articles and Book Chapters

2023                Simone Wille, „The Prague Connection of Chittaprosad (1915-1978)”, in 20th Century Indian Art: Moderns, Post-Independence, Contemporary, Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherji, Rakhee Balaram (eds.), London: Thames and Hudson, 2023, p. 120.

                        Simone Wille, “A Short History of Art in Pakistan”, in 20th Century Indian Art: Moderns, Post-Independence, Contemporary, Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherji, Rakhee Balaram (eds.), London: Thames and Hudson, 2023, pp. 604-611.


2023                “The Significance of Mobility and the Artistic Practice of Zahoor ul Akhlaq,” The Journal of Transcultural Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1 (2023), Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing. (forthcoming in April)

2022                “A Short History of Art in Pakistan,” in Twentieth-Century Indian Art, Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherje, Rakhee Balaram, eds., London: Thames and Hudson, 2022, 604-612.

2022                “The Prague Connection of Chittaprosad (1915-1978),” in Twentieth-Century Indian Art, Partha Mitter, Parul Dave Mukherje, Rakhee Balaram, eds., London: Thames and Hudson, 2022, 120.

2020              “Chittaprosad in the Collection of the National Gallery Prague,” in The Bulletin of the National Gallery Prague, Prague: The National Gallery, 2020.

2020              “The Lidice Collection of Postwar Modernist Art. An Art History Informed by Engagement and Circulation” in Come Closer. The Biennale Reader, Vít Havránek, Tereza Stejskalová (eds.), Prague and Berlin: tranzit and Sternberg Press, 2020, 51-72.

2020             “The Salzburg Summer Academy and its Early Transnational Relations,” in Navigating the Planetary. A guide to the planetary art world—it’s past, present, and potentials, Hildegund Amanshauser, Kimberley Bradley (eds.), Wien: Verlag für moderne Kunst (VfmK), 59-76.

2019              ”A Transnational Socialist Solidarity: Chittaprosad’s Prague Connection,” in “Modernism in Migration,” Stedelijk Studies, Issue #9, Amsterdam: Fall 2019              

2019              “St. Margarethen: Ein Experimentierfeld der transnationalen Nachkriegsmoderne,“ in Kunst und Literatur. Der Literatur Raum im Bildhauerhaus in St. Margarethen im Burgenland, Beatrice Simonsen (ed.), Wien: 2019, Verlag für moderne Kunst, 8-13.

2018             “Lahore Biennale 01. Eine grenzüberschreitende, transnationale Initiative,“ in VÖKK-Journal, 2/2018, 10-13.

2015              Parul Dave Mukherji, Simone Wille, Khademul Haque, and T. Sanathanam, “Visual Arts in South Asia,” in The Modernist World, Stephen Ross, Allana Lindgren, eds., London: Routledge, 2015, 145-152.

2012              “History, Memory, Fantasy,” in Sohbet, Journal of Contemporary Arts and Culture, National College of Arts, Nr. 03, Lahore, Pakistan, 96-111.


2012              “Der Mythos vom Raum,” in Beate Terfloth, Placement, Berlin: Mies van der Rohe Haus, 2012, 9-12.

2011                “Politics of Polarization. The South Asian Subcontinent and the Euro-American Paradigm. Hamra Abbas, Humaira Abid, Naiza H Khan, Tazeen Qayyum and Simone Wille in conversation with Barbara Karahan,” in 100 Jahre/Years VBKÖ Festschrift, Rudolfine Lackner, ed., Vienna: VBKÖ, 2011, 163-173.

2009                “Trumping History,” in Bani Abidi: Videos, Photographs & Drawings, London: Green Cardamom, 2009, 25.

2008                „Offenbarung einer Tragödie: Zu Sarnath Banerjee ‚Colonel´s Brain‘,“ Tanz auf dem Vulkan, exhibition catalogue, Berlin und Stuttgart: ifa, 2008, 28-31.

2006                “Layers of Time and Space, Ein Überblick über die Entwicklung der zeitgenössischen Kunst in Pakistan und ein Ausblick auf die derzeitige Situation in den Ländern Südasiens insgesamt”, in Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Society, online magazine for cultural sciences, Nr. 16, 6.5, August 2006.

Conference Papers Publication

2020                “South Asian Artists at the Académie André Lhote,” in André Lhote and His International Students, Zeynep Kuban, Simone Wille, eds., Innsbruck: innsbruck university press, 2020, 189-207.

2017                “Patterns of Trans-regional Trails and Its Relation to French Artistic Culture,” in French Artistic Culture and Central-East European Modern Art, Ljiljana Kolešnik, Tamara Bjažic Klarin, eds., Zagreb: Institute of Art History, 2017, 252-262.

Book Reviews

2020                Cathrine Bublatzky, Along the Indian Highway: An Ethnography of an International Travelling Exhibition, London and New York: Routledge, 2020, in Critical Collective, October 2020. 

2003                Akbar Naqvi, Image and Identity. Fifty Years of Painting and Sculpture in Pakistan, Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1998 in The Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 62, Issue 04, 01 November 2003, 286-1287. Doi:10.2307/3591815

Short Essays, Reviews, and Catalogue Entries (selected)

2019                “Naiza Khan to represent Pakistan at the Venice Biennale 2019,”, June issue, 2019.

2016                “Specificity of Location,” in Personal/Universal, exhibition catalogue, Vienna: Hinterland Galerie, 2016, 22-23.

2012                “The Power of Image and Text. Bani Abidi and Mohammad Hanif in conversation with Simone Wille,” Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia, Dubai, Spring 2012, 69-73.

2011                “The Rising Tide. New Directions in Art from Pakistan, 1990-2010,” www.universes-in-universe, April 2011.

                        “Framing Politics with Art and Vice Versa,” in Nukta Art, Karachi, May 2011, Vol. 6-One, 81-85.

2010                “Pakistani Art at the Devi Art Foundation,” www.universes-in-universe, February 2010.

                        “Schauplatz Pakistan,” Feuilleton, NZZ, April 27, 2010, 47.

“Attention Towards Female Qualities,” in Nukta Art, Karachi, October 2010, Vol. 5- Two, 35-35.

2007                “Bani Abidi: When posing becomes intriguing,” www.universes-in-universe,

                        Nafas Art Magazine, December 2007.

2006                “Layers of Time and Space,” in Naiza Khan, Bare the fact, exhibition catalogue, Mumbai: Gallery Chemould, 2006, n.p.

                        “Anticipating a new direction. The 51st Venice Art Biennial,” in Nukta Art, Karachi, Vol.1, January 2006, 68-71.

2005                “Evaluating Identity in Pakistani Art Today. Notes on Identity-in-the-Making,” in Beyond Borders. Art of Pakistan,exhibition catalogue National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India, 2005, 21-25.

                        “Considering Peaceful Steps,” in Hamra Abbas, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, Universität der Künste, 2005, n.p.

2004                “Notes on a Karachi Experience,” in VASL, Karachi, 4-17.

                        „Kunstentwicklung in Pakistan: Nationalismen und Identitätsbildung unter Einflussnahme des Islam,“ in Kunst und Islam, Kunst und Kirche 4/04, November 2004, 234-239.


“Lost in Translation: Hamra Abbas,” CETINJE BIENNIAL 5, Balkan Trilogy, Part II: In the Cities of the Balkans, Cetinje/Dubrovnik/Tirana, 2004, 32.

2002                “Zurückgehen, um zu verstehen. Ein Besuch bei der iranischen Künstlerin Shirin Neshat in New York.” Feuilleton, NZZ, 14. Januar, 2002.

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