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China Lecture and Symposium 

When:
Thu 15 May 2014,  2pm–8pm
Where:
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Cost:
$30 for Symposium (2pm–8pm). Registration includes entry to  exhibitions Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint, and lecture.

$10 for lecture (6.30pm–8pm), door sales only. Excludes entry to Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint.
Type:
Talk 

The Qianlong Emperor (detail), Qing dynasty (1644–1911) National Museum of China

 

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International expert Dr Claire Roberts discusses painting, power, and the art of Shi Lu – the modern master showcased in one of two extraordinary exhibitions from the National Museum of China.

The lecture is the keynote address of the Symposium on Chinese Art and Culture. Door sales only for lecture.

Symposium Programme 

This fascinating symposium brings together leading curators, historians, academics, and interested members of the public. They discuss ideas around the art, culture, and history of China, focusing on the nation’s unique qualities and international impact. The symposium is timed to coincide with two major exhibitions from the National Museum of China: Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint.

2pm–4.30pm: Symposium Seminars
A series of presentations exploring China’s imperial and cultural history, from historical times to the 20th century.

Dr Ellen Soulliere – Chinese Imperial Courts and the Arts: The sacred and the secular
Dr Ellen Soulliere holds a PhD in East Asian Studies from Princeton University where she studied Chinese history with Professor F.W. Mote and Chinese art history with Professor Wen Fong.

Dr Soulliere has a long-term interest in imperial women and the court in China's Ming dynasty (1368-1644).  Her most recent publication has just appeared on-line in the  University of San Francisco's Asia Pacific perspectives volume XII, number 1, Fall/Winter 2013-2014.  It is entitled "'Women in the imperial household at the close of China's Ming Dynasty, 1573-1644.

Dr Duncan Campbell – Jade Artefacts and Oracle Bones: Two late Qing collectors
Duncan Campbell looks at two prominent 19th-century Chinese collectors active in a world where value and meaning were changing rapidly.

Dr James Beattie – ‘Loot’s Fate’: Imperial plunder, exhibition, and artistic appreciation of Chinese objects in New Zealand, 1860–1937
This paper presents a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand’s interest in aspects of art related to China. Then it focuses on the 1937 Exhibition of Chinese Art, which toured New Zealand and represented a ‘who’s-who’ of major European and American collectors – the dot.com billionaires of their day – as well as loans from leading European royalty.

Professor Yiyan Wang – Art and Chinese Modernity in Connection with Lyon, 1920–1936
During the early 20th century, China underwent a major transformation, which included the modernisation of art. In one initiative, between 1900 and 1930 about 500 students went overseas, mostly to France, to study ‘Western’ art. This paper looks at how institutional practices and individual efforts contributed to the idea of modernising China’s art.   

5pm–6.15pm: Exhibition Tours with Te Papa’s Curators

  • 5pm: Introductory tour of Throne of Emperors with curator Justine Olsen
  • 5.40pm: Introductory tour of Shi Lu: A revolution in paint with curator Rebecca Rice

Shi Lu in Beijing, 1979. A note on the back of the photograph reads, ‘Acts like crazy – in fact, an old, toothless man.’
Shi Lu in Beijing, 1979. A note on the back of the photograph reads, ‘Acts like crazy – in fact, an old, toothless man.’

6.30pm: Keynote Lecture: ‘The old man has no teeth’: Painting, power, and the art of Shi Lu

Join international Chinese art expert Dr Claire Roberts as she discusses painting, power, and the art of Shi Lu. Dr Roberts explores how some of China’s mightiest rulers used art to reinforce their power, record history and create a lasting legacy. She will draw on examples included in the two extraordinary exhibitions currently on show at Te Papa, Throne of Emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint, from the National Museum of China.

The lecture is the keynote address of the Symposium on Chinese Art and Culture, which takes place from 2pm to 8pm.

Lecture tickets, door sales only – $10. Excludes entry to Throne of emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint exhibitions.
Symposium tickets, buy online – $30. Includes entry to Throne of emperors and Shi Lu: A revolution in paint exhibitions, and lecture.

Dr Claire Roberts – find out more.

Presenters
Ellen Soulliere has taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Victoria university, Wellington Polytechnic and Massey University.  She served as senior lecturer and Head of school of the School of Language Studies and then Regional director of the College of Humanities and Social sciences at Massey.

Duncan Campbell has taught modern and classical Chinese language and literature, and aspects of Chinese history, at the University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, and the Australian National University in Canberra.

James Beattie is Senior Lecturer in World and Environmental History at the University of Waikato.

Yiyan Wang is Chinese Programme Director, School of Languages and Cultures, Victoria University of Wellington.

Claire Roberts, from  The University of Adelaide, is a historian of Chinese art and a curator.  She has published widely on Chinese visual and material culture, and has curated numerous exhibitions. Dr Claire Roberts – find out more.

Two extraordinary exhibitions from China

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