This talk analyzes the formal play within popular Japanese films beginning around 2000 to explore cinema’s shifting identity in relation to digital technologies and other visual forms of culture. It draws on Murakami Takashi’s notion of Superflat art to situate these stylistic features within both Japan’s contemporary visual environment and the global media landscape. In doing so, the presentation investigates how dynamic interconnections across visual forms have generated a new, highly sensorial mode of viewership marked by a directed engagement with the materiality of the onscreen image… (Please click on the image to read more)
What roles did small-scale architectural shrines play in the establishment of Buddhism in early Japan and its material culture? This talk charts the production, circulation, and reception of such artifacts in the Japanese archipelago from the sixth to the seventh centuries, with specific focus on the Tamamushi Shrine. Despite its fame as a national treasure, the shrine’s formal and conceptual ingenuity is often occluded by iconographic analysis, which tends to limit the understanding of the shrine to specific motifs derived from a single medium or scripture… (Please click on the image to read more)
Yi Hyongnok (1808-after1863) and An Chungsik (1861-1919) developed the new genres of paintings that depicted a wide range of bronzes from ancient times to contemporary Qing China. This talk analyzes a trend in collecting Chinese bronzes in nineteenth-century Korea and their visualization in paintings to understand the aesthetic principles that were shaped and shared by collectors and artists. By examining possible pictorial sources, modified visual elements, and cultural transmission, it discusses how collectors perceived Chinese bronzes as symbols of culture in the course of cultural exchanges and how artists appropriated the motifs of Chinese bronzes in response to the aspiration of collectors… (Please click on the image to read more)
The twelfth century in Western Europe marks a period of significant social change and widespread urbanization. Through its exceptional visual record, the northern Spanish city of Carrión de los Condes illustrates a developing city’s navigation of diverse urban interests. This paper examines two Carrionese parish churches constructed across the course of the twelfth century, which actively participate in the contemporary social and spiritual upheaval and offer insight into a largely undocumented lay public… (Please click on the image to read more)
In the mid-20th century, migrants from mainland China brought an influx of Chinese artworks, as well as their expertise on the subject, to the British colony of Hong Kong. Here mainland Chinese and local Hong Kong collectors encountered foreign connoisseurs (mostly from Britain, France, America and Japan) and built up significant collections of Chinese art under this multicultural environment. Through reconstructing the biographical accounts of four representative collectors who were active during the 1950s to 1990s – E. T. Chow (1910-1980), Low Chuck-Tiew (1911-1993), Dr Ip Yee (1919-1984) and … (Please click on the image to read more)
In the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, European courts were an important location for the consumption and distribution of Chinese porcelain. Collections such as those in Dresden, the Netherlands and at Versailles are well known but what has not been explored before is the significant impact Chinese porcelain had on political, economic and cultural life in the courts of Europe for several hundred years. Chinese porcelains were consumed by courts from an early date and were acquired actively through gifts, exchange and trade, becoming a notable addition to European regal material culture… (Please click on the image to read more)
Date: 31 October 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower
Empress Eugénie created the Chinese Museum in the palace of Fontainebleau to display Chinese art objects looted by French officers at the palace of Yuanming Yuan in 1860. This talk analyzes the museum display to see how it evaluated and interpreted the Chinese religious and material culture contained in the museum’s collection. By focusing on the museum’s décor, it shows in particular how French craftsmen created ornament and framing devices that paid homage to Chinese craftsmanship while conveying parallels between French and Chinese imperial cultures.
Porcelain has long been recognized in scholarship as a significant object of exchange and encounter, with the word “chinaware” denoting porcelain’s crucial role in the shaping of European conceptions of China. This presentation builds upon such important studies by considering porcelain’s global impact not through English-language sources, but through the perspective of Qing Chinese imperial sources and contexts.
This talk focuses on the emergence of a new color palette featuring opaque pastel colors, commonly known as famille rose… (Please click on the image to read more)
The tenth to thirteenth centuries in what is now China witnessed the heyday of traditional Chinese astronomy, the transmission of new astral concepts and forms from afar, and the rise of influential astral deity cults. This talk examines the visual and material dimensions of this “astral turn” in transregional and transcultural perspective. We travel between the central Chinese plains, the northern steppe, and the northwestern desert, from the last days of the great Tang dynasty (618-907) to the multicentered age of the Song (960-1279) and its non-Han rivals, the Khitan Liao (907-1125) and Tangut Xixia (1038-1227)… (Please click on the image to read more)