The Division of the World

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg

British Museum director, Hartwig Fisher, has selected Die Teilung der Welt (2020; English edition The Division of the World, 2021) by Ursula Schulz-Dornburg and Martin Zimmermann as his FAVORITE ART BOOK of 2020.  

A fascinating, beautifully designed book based on Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’s magnificent photographs of the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, which was created in 1785 to house 90 million documents relating to Spanish colonial rule over the Americas. Zimmermann’s brilliant essay explores the insatiable lust to conquer the world, taking as a focal point the famous 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas through which Spain and Portugal carved up the planet, without ever being able to determine the exact position of the line of demarcation. -Hartwig Fischer

View The Art Newspaper’s article HERE

The English translation of The Division of the World  will be released in April 2021. Place your order now with us if you are interested in obtaining a copy.

You can now view selected images from the series Archivo de Indias en Seville on our gallery’s website.



1. Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Archivo de Indias, Seville, (B13-N08), 2001/2020, Gelatin Silver Print, Edition of 3 + 1 AP, 15.75 x 12.8 in.