: Colloquium on Pearl River Delta, Art, and Global Exchange in Maritime Trade History

Date: 18 January, 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art

12:20-12:40pm | The Dilemmas of the Portrait Gift
Speaker: Dr. Yeewan Koon, Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

This paper looks at the use of portraiture by the Manchu official Qiying (1787-1858) who was sent by the Daoguang Emperor (r.1820-1850) to Guangdong for the negotiations of the Nanjing Treaty after the Opium War (1839-1841). By looking at the different practices involved in the gifting of portraits in Europe and China, the paper will highlight the problems of communications and exchanges between Britain and China during this period. It will also show how Guangdong’s leading merchants were instrumental in these discussions and how they were active players in Guangdong’s local community and Qing politics.

1:10-1:30pm | Panel Discussion

Led by Dr. Roslyn Lee Hammers, Associate Professor, Fine Arts Department, The University of Hong Kong, with Dr. John D. Wong, Prof. Ching May Bo & Dr. Yeewan Koon


: Art and its Histories: Scholars in Lecture by Fine Arts Department, HKU | Catholic Realism in the Qing Court: Qianlong’s Jesuit Painters

Date: 11 January, 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 10:30am (light breakfast reception begins at 10:00am)
Venue: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
Speaker: Prof. Greg M. Thomas

Click here to register via Asia Society Online Ticketing

One of the greatest cases of Sino-European cultural interaction before 1911 took place in the Qing court when emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong hosted and patronized a number of Jesuit artists and artisans from Europe. The Jesuits were trying to impress the emperors with supposedly superior scientific knowledge in order to help spread Christianity in China, while the emperors integrated the missionaries’ foreign painting techniques into court art to extend their own political ends.

This talk presents two cases of this remarkable cultural exchange, analyzing the techniques and effects of realism in illusionistic wall paintings designed by the famous Italian brother Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining, 1688-1766) and in military portraits by the more obscure French brother Jean-Denis Attiret (Wang Zhicheng, 1702-68). Both artists worked directly for the Qianlong emperor (r.1736-95), faithfully serving his imperial ideology, and both achieved a degree of intercultural fusion rarely seen anywhere else.

Art and its Histories: Scholars in Lecture is a series of public lectures organized by the Department of Fine Arts, HKU and presented in collaboration with Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art, and The University of Hong Kong Museum Society. The programs aim to deliver current art-historical thinking in an accessible manner presented by specialists in the field. The series is part of the Fine Art Department’s broader dedication to promoting the importance and relevance of art history in Hong Kong.

: Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum

Date: 4 December, 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 pm (reception begins at 6pm)
Venue: Laundry Steps, Taikwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central

To RSVP, contact f.ho@taschen.com

The Department of Fine Arts and Taschen Books present a wonderful evening on Rembrandt with Duncan Bull, curator from Rijksmuseum. Taschen Books is also kindly hosting a special Dutch snacks and cocktails reception before the conversation starting at 6pm. So come, enjoy a cocktail, peruse some art books, learn about Rembrandt! Our teachers including Dr. Hammers and Dr. Lastra will also be there joining in the festivities at Taikwun.

: Information Session | Christie’s Graduate Training Program 2020 Intake

Date: 15 November 2019   RESCHEDULED
Time: 11:00am
Venue: Room 4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

Christie’s is offering an exciting 18-month Graduate Training program for graduates to gain experiences in the auction house business. This is a highly competitive early career scheme that offers training through a series of placements, rotations and workshops with art-specialists and related areas of support within Christie’s.

Come join our Recruitment Talk to find out more!

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: Career Workshop

Date: 13 November 2019  CANCELLED
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 4.30 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

Quota: 15 (Registration required, first come first served)

Register by sending email to Nicole Fung (fungnkn@hku.hk). State your name and year group.

Instructor: Ms. Irene Tsang (Founder of Metta Works and the former Head of Education & Development for Asia Pacific at Tiffany & Co)

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: 40th Anniversary Reunion Dinner

Date: 28 September, 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Loke Yew Hall, The University of Hong Kong

Registration: required, online (click here)

Join us this September for a reunion dinner in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with new developments in the department and reconnect with faculty, friends, and alumni from the classes of 1978 to 2019. Visit its official website for more details!

: Information Session | Graduate Study in Art History

Date: 26 September 2019
Time: 4:30 – 6pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

Are you considering postgraduate study in art history or a related field? Many art-related careers require postgraduate qualifications. The Fine Arts department is holding an information session to help you choose the best programs for you and to improve your chances of acceptance. (Please click on the image to read more)

: Launching of the FAULTLINES Afterwords website

Afterwords is a website developed for the 2018 Gwangju Biennale  “Faultlines” exhibition curated by Dr. Yeewan Koon. It documented a series of interviews with the participating artists held during the summer months of 2018. Artists included Hasan Elahi, Hyangro Yoon, Simon Leung, Nara Yoshitomo, Shitamichi Motoyuki, Joongho Yum, Byron Kim, Tara Donovan, Yoan Capote, Chen Wei, Luke Ching, Minjung Kim and Paolo Cirio. Visit the site to learn more.

: Interview Workshop

Date: 20 November, 2018 (Tuesday)

Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm

Venue: Room 4.19, Run Run Shaw Tower

Quota: 15 (Registration required, first come first served)

Register by sending email to Nicole Fung (fungnkn@hku.hk). State your name and year group.

Instructor: Ms. Irene Tsang (Founder of Metta Works and the former Head of Education & Development for Asia Pacific at Tiffany & Co)

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: Writing Workshop

Date: 6 November, 2018 (Tuesday)

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Venue: Room 7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower

This workshop specifically assists art history students in improving their high-level writing skills. Some relate to all forms of writing, while other elements are specific to art history. Topics include

-logical argumentation

-improving your writing style

-professional quotations and citations

-common grammatical mistakes

-sorting out past & present tense