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Winter 2018 Academic Programme: Cultural Ambassadors from the Middle Kingdom: Influences of Export Art in the West (in English)

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16 Jan 2018 - 27 Feb 2018 19:00 - 20:30
Winter 2018 Academic Programme:
Cultural Ambassadors from the Middle Kingdom: How Export Art Influenced the West
 
In collaboration with the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM) continues its Academic Programme in Spring 2018 with the lecture series ‘Cultural Ambassadors from the Middle Kingdom: Influences of Export Art in the West’. 
 
Coinciding with HKMM’s upcoming exhibition The Silver Age: Origins and Trade of Chinese Export Silver and UMAG’s Objectifying China: Ming and Qing Dynasty Ceramics and Their Stylistic Influences Abroad, in this series four expert speakers will discuss how the European desire for commodities and luxury goods from China (tea, silks, lacquerware, silverware and porcelain) led to the development of a new hybrid art forms that combined the best aspects of Asian and European design.
 
*The Silver Age: Origins and Trade of Chinese Export Silver
16 January, 2018
 
Dr. Libby Chan, 
Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections), Hong Kong Maritime Museum 
 
This talk is based on the curatorial research for the Silver Age exhibition at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, and discusses the origins and trade of Chinese export silver. The talk will cover how Chinese export silver relates to “Chinoiseries” developed in Europe, export ceramics sent to the West during the 16th to the 18th century, as well as the active maritime trade between China and Southeast Asia in the age of globalisation. In addition, the talk will also focus on export silverware made in Hong Kong and its relationship with other workshops in the Pearl River Delta Region during the 19th and the 20th century.   
 
 
#Visions of the East: The Reception of Chinese and Japanese Ceramics in Europe
30 January, 2018
 
Benjamin Chiesa, 
Assistant Curator, the University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
 
Maritime Asia was as vast as it was varied, and the response in Europe to the arrival of the goods from far-off places like Japan and China was correspondingly diverse. At times the arts of China and Japan were seen as a sort of ‘fancy’ or fantasy for collectors, and were interpreted through a purely European vision of the Orient. At others, artists made real efforts to understand what made the artistic traditions of these countries unique. 
 
In this talk, the curator of Objectifying China looks at how ceramics brought to Europe through trade and the World Expositions of the nineteenth century influenced collectors, artists, and institutions, resulting in centuries of cross-cultural enrichment.
 
 
*Shifting Standards: Consuming Chinese export silverwares in the West
13 February, 2018
 
Susan Eberhard,
Blakemore Freeman Fellow
History of Art PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley
 
Why did British and American consumers buy Chinese export silverwares, even though the majority was sold without guarantee of fineness? By discussing several examples of these objects in their contexts of nineteenth-century global collecting, speaker Susan Eberhard identifies the qualities — both visible and invisible — that made them desirable to buyers who lived around the world. 
 
 
#China in Asia: Export Ceramics in Southeast Asia and the Islamic World
27 February, 2018
 
Kan Shuyi, Curator, Asian Civilisations Museum
 
Centuries before the establishment of direct trade with Europe in the sixteenth century, Chinese porcelain and stoneware was being exported to major ports in India, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East—part of a lively trade in intra-Asian ceramics. These exchanges deeply influenced the ceramic production both in China and abroad. Kan Shuyi discusses the role of this early export trade in the development of blue-and-white ceramics, as well as later ceramics made for Mughal India and Southeast Asia—which by the nineteenth century had grown to include lively polychrome "nyonya wares" for Peranakan communities in Singapore, Malacca, Penang, and Jakarta.
 
* Venue: Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM)
 
# Venue: the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong 
 
Free admission and no booking required.