Shanshan Chen:Geographical Science and Chinese Landscapes

Date: 21 November 2018
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Room 4.04, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

European geographers of the 18th century embraced all aspects of human and physical environments, including cartographic data, cultural artefacts, social and economic information, and natural history. As part of the period’s global geographical surveying, the Macartney Embassy traveled through the interior of China where its members observed, recorded, and represented the geographical features of the lands, mountains, and rivers, as well as the human inhabitants, in a great number of visual images…(Please click on the image to read more)

Mr. Li Chun Tung Konstance: Revisiting the Watermoon Avalokiteshvara paintings: its development, circulation and appropriation in East Asia

Date: 13 September 2018
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

The iconography of Watermoon Avalokiteshvara was first developed in the Tang capitals of Chang’an and Luoyang in the ninth century. In the ensuring centuries, this representation of Avalokiteshvara was widely circulated, venerated, and replicated in various polities in the area of modern China, Japan, and Korea. The iconography became standardized by the fourteenth century and has been depicted with similar composition and iconographic features by artists to modern time… (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Liu Yan Prynne: From A Regional Art School to A National One: The Rise of The Lingnan School in the 1920s and the 1930s

Date: 5 December 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

The Lingnan School is one of the earliest modern art schools in China in the first half of the twentieth century. The School was founded by three Canton painters, Gao Jianfu 高劍父, Gao Qifeng 高奇峰 and Chen Shuren 陳樹人. As Gao Qifeng died in a relatively early age and Chen Shuren spent most of his time as a high-ranking government officer, Gao Jianfu was the actual leader who oversaw the development of the Lingnan School, and seeing its rise from a regional school to a national one.

This study reexamines three important periods in the development of the Lingnan School with a greater focus on its development in the 1920s and the 1930s… (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Leung Ge Yau Candy: Some Insights on the Genre of Bird Painting in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

Date: 30 November 2017
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

The genre of bird painting became a well-established independent genre of practice in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and flourished in Song dynasty (960-1279) with the imperial support. The painters of Song Academy executed works rich in colour with detailed brushwork, and such meticulous style of painting formed the dominant mode of representation for bird paintings prior to the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). In the Yuan dynasty, the genre of bird painting underwent significant changes in various aspects. One of the major developments was the rise of the sub-genre of ink monochrome bird painting, and Wang Yuan 王淵 (act. c. 1300-1360) … (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Shanshan Chen: The Imagery of Rehe in the Macartney Embassy to China

161109-seminar-chenDate: 9 November 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

Located far northeast of Beijing, Rehe 熱河 (Chengde) was the summer capital of the Qing empire, consisting of the famous Bishu Shanzhuang 避暑山莊 (Mountain Resort Villa) and Waibamiao 外八廟 (Eight Outer Temples). Built by the Kangxi (1654-1722) and Qianlong (1711-1799) emperors, it was a large complex of imperial gardens, palaces, and temples where the emperors celebrated birthdays and received foreign visitors. This is where the historic encounter between Lord Macartney and the Qianlong emperor took place on September 14, 1793…(Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Lori Luo: The Chinoiserie Garden in Britain c.1730 – c.1850

161026-seminar-luoDate: 26 October 2016
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

Among the many artistic interactions between Britain and China in the 18th and 19th centuries, landscape gardening was one of the most common and consistent areas displaying western curiosity about the remote civilization. By adapting elements from the foreign culture of China, British patrons and designers took the new style of garden design as a way to demonstrate their own social and cultural beliefs and identity. This talk will examine three Chinoiserie gardens in different periods, focusing on how the Chinese style was interpreted and how various Chinese elements embodied specific meanings… (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Heidi Wu: Portrait of an Empress: The Empress Dowager Cixi and the Formation of Imperial Identity in the Late Qing Dynasty

Date: 13 June 2016
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

Ms. Janet Wong: The 19th-Century Display of Chinese Art in the Musée Guimet

Janet Seminar Poster finalDate: 9 October 2015
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 4.04 Run Run Shaw Tower

In the late 19th century when China was increasingly exposed to European travelers due to the opening of ports and the development of transportation, a number of bourgeois men formed collections of Chinese art in France. One of them was Emile Guimet (1836-1918) who formed his collection in the 1870s and founded the well-known Musée Guimet (Guimet Museum) in Paris in 1889… (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Alice Wong: Portraits and Regulations in Early Republican Shanghai Art

Alice Wong talk 2015Date: 17 March 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

This presentation looks at the growing visibility of “portraits” in Shanghai and argues that it was tied to the changes in regulatory acts in the 1910s and the 1920s. It was during this time when authorities began to use photographs in official documents such as passport and license as an enhanced form of control and surveillance. The manipulation of their uses in other forms and spaces reveals how the portrait became a familiar form at all levels… (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Ruby Leung: Li 理 (Universal Principle), Li Kan 李衎 (1245-1320) and Yuan-Dynasty (1271-1368) Bamboo Painting

141110 seminar leungDate: 10 November 2014
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 10.28 Run Run Shaw Tower

In the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368), the number of artists who painted the subject bamboo greatly increased. Li Kan 李衎 (1245-1320), Gao Kegong 高克恭 (1248-1310), and Zhao Mengfu 趙孟頫 (1254-1322) were all famous for their bamboo paintings. My research suggests that in the earlier Song, bamboo was interpreted as possessing the qualities of a scholarly gentleman. The famous philosopher Zhu Xi 朱熹 (1130-1200), shifted focus in commentaries on bamboo so that it became a means to understand li, the universal principle that governs all in the cosmos… (Please click on the image to read more)