The Fine Arts Department at the Second China Middle Period Humanities: 800-1400 conference at Leiden University, September, 2017

The Department of Fine Arts had a strong presence at the “Second China Middle Period Humanities: 800-1400” international conference that was held at Leiden University, 14-17, September 2017. This conference brought together approximately 150 scholars who conduct research on the humanities of China during the ninth to fourteenth centuries. This prestigious conference first convened at Harvard University in 2014 and will gather for its third iteration in Singapore in 2020. The Department sent four scholars to Leiden to discuss research:

Current Ph.D. postgraduate Candy Ge Yau Leung discussed her research in the paper “Constructing a new pantheon of Confucian worthies: Portraits of four Yuan scholars,” from her 2016 M. Phil. thesis entitled “Representing the Literatus: Portraiture and identity in Yuan Figure Painting,” University of Hong Kong;

Lecturer Dr. Ruby Pui Yi Leung delivered the paper “Representing Universal Principle: Bamboo painting in Yuan-dynasty China (1271-1368)” which is based on research from her Ph.D. thesis “Bamboo in Principle: Ke Jiusi’s (1290-1349) Paintings and Knowledge in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)” completed in 2016, University of Hong Kong;

Current Ph.D. postgraduate Konstance Chun Tung Li presented on “The Khan’s New Robes: Marking the Mongol Imperium’s Presence in the Yonglegong Chaoyuantu Mural Painting,” material from his M. Phil thesis, “Envisioning Authority: The Mongol Imperium and the Yonglegong Mural Paintings and Architecture” of 2012, University of Hong Kong; and

Associate Professor Roslyn Lee Hammers introduced her research in progress in a paper entitled “Nature manipulated: Artifice and hybridity in the Song-painting Calico Cat under Peonies.

In addition to discussing and debating their own research findings, members of the Department of Fine Arts enjoyed attending other sessions to hear and reflecting on the current state of research on the humanities of Middle-period China. They also managed to fit in a few excursions to see other museums in the environs of Leiden and were particularly taken by the exhibition, “The Great Liao: Khitan Relics from Inner Mongolia, China” at the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.

More information about the conference and the Liao exhibition are available at these websites, Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities and the Drents Museum.


A History of Modern Art in 73 lectures by David Clarke

solubleshark A History of Modern Art in 73 Lectures by David Clarke is now available online at Prof Clarke’s personal YouTube Channel solubleshark!

It is a series of lectures originally given to students of FINE2028 Vision and Crisis (2015-2016), FINE2029 Modernity and Discontents (2015-2016), and FINE2030 Towards the Global (2016-2017) at the University of Hong Kong. With David’s retirement, it is hoped that these edited sound recordings may help share his knowledge with a wider public, and continue to inspire individuals.

Prof Clarke’s words on this lecture series
Click here.

Recap on the retirement party
Click here for the video highlight and here for photos.

Asian Art Essay Competition 2016-2017

This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

30 June 2017
(Final year students)
18 September 2017
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.

Asian Art Essay Prize 2015-2016

Congratulations go to Park Sae Him as the winner of the 2015-16 Asian Art Essay Prize sponsored by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society. Park’s essay is entitled “Building the National identity: The Study of Japanese Government-General Building (1926-1995).” (read) Congratulations go to Zheng Shiyu as well for awarding an honorable mention for her essay “Archaism and the Search for the Self: An Interpretation of Wang Hui’s (1632-1717) Landscape.” (read) The Department of Fine Arts would like to thank all students who put in extra effort to submit revised essays for the University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian art essay prize competition. While we can only choose one winner each year, we appreciate the enthusiasm and accomplishments generated by all the applicants.