Date: 22 March 2018
Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, HKU
Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, discusses how the Museum’s founding commitment to art, education and industry continues to define its purpose today. From the new Exhibition Road Quarter and the V&A Gallery in Shenzhen, to exhibitions on embroidery, Ocean Liners and Opera, the V&A’s past bridges its future. Tracing the Museum’s genesis from its Victorian roots in the Design School Movement of the 1830s and its establishment as the Museum of Manufactures in 1852, he considers how the V&A’s British, Germanic, Indian and Oriental origins have engendered a world-class collection: a cultural lens to consider the Museum’s evolving place in the world today. Dr. Hunt explores how museums can retain their relevance and purpose in our contemporary age of Brexit, Netflix and digital technology.
HKU Faculty of Arts’ Behind the Scenes Lecture Series aims to bring high-profile speakers from the international art world such as artists, curators, art historians, directors of galleries or museums, auction house principals, conservators, to highlight the work of professionals who help to keep art accessible for audiences now and in the future, and to expand awareness of and appreciation for art. Our past speakers include Larry Keith, Keeper of Conservation from the National Gallery, London and Marie-Louise Sauerberg of Westminster Abbey.