Stephen Selby, author of Chinese Archery, provided a new narrative of East Asia’s Bronze Age, breaking away from traditional historical romance and instead tracing the environments, sociology and politics of the societies in which bronze technology developed and spread in East Asia.
The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900
Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan
16 February 2019
Dr. Libby Lai-Pik Chan, Assistant Director (Curatorial and Collections) at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, guided attendees through The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784 to 1900. Throughout the tour Dr. Chan highlighted particular works whilst sharing anecdotes about their origin and the lending process.
Annual K. S. Lo Memorial Lecture
Xiaoyao 逍遥: Wondering Freely and its Legacy in Chinese Art
Professor Martin Powers
22 January 2019
Professor Martin Powers explained Xiaoyao (逍遥) and its legacy in Chinese art and culture. Besides giving insight into the poetry of Chuang Tzu and the iconography of ancient Chinese art, his explanation also challenged the widely held notion that individual “freedom” and “rights” has no place in Chinese culture.
Renowned collector Richard Kan and Professor Peter Lam spoke to members about the exhibition at the Baur Foundation in Geneva, highlighting specific works from the collection. This event was cohosted with the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art and Christie’s.
May Huang spoke about her innovative work in Jinkeng Village, near Jingdezhen, to preserve both the Song Dynasty kiln site ruins and the natural landscape amidst pressures for development. May’s efforts involved lobbying for government support, gaining the cooperation of the villagers, developing educational programs, founding the Dongjiao Institute for Ceramics Studies, and proposing ideas for revitalising Jinkeng’s agriculture with organic produce.
May Huang offered her thoughts on Refilling the Interregnum: Newly Discovered Imperial Porcelains from Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun Reigns (1436-1464) of the Ming Dynasty, curated by Wang Guanyu, at the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Renee Chiang and Bao Pu led a special study session focused on jades of the Warring States Period to Han Dynasty. Following a short presentation, participants were given the chance to handle and view jades from their collection, the Numina Collection.
Sincere Brush: Works of Ting Yin-yung
Dr. Phil Chan
1 September 2018
Dr. Chan Kwun Nam, Phil led members through a guided exhibition viewing of Sincere Brush: Works of Ting Yin-yung Courtesy of His Students and Friends in the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK. Attendees were present with highlights from the seventy-four works donated by Ting Yin-yung’s (Ding Yanyong) former students and friends at the Department of Fine Arts, that were composed between 1962 and 1978, and spanning the sixteen years when Ting was a faculty member at the Department.
This special event featured a much-anticipated return of the Qianlong-era Pictures of Tilling and Weaving (Geng zhi tu 耕織圖) that are currently in the Huaihai Tang 懷海堂 Collection of Hong Kong. Through the generosity of their owner, rare imperial rubbings of the Pictures of Tilling and Weaving were displayed for viewing after a lecture by Dr. Roslyn Hammers of the University of Hong Kong.
OCS members were guided through the HSBC Archives and Repository with Thomas Warren and Florence Lo. Attendees were shown the inner workings of the archives and viewed pieces from the collection including works by George Chinnery.
Art historian and curator Catherine Maudsley led attendees through an exclusive guided viewing of Intimate Encounters: An Exhibition of Handscrolls and Albums from the M K Lau Collection. In particular, Maudsley highlighted important pieces from one one of Asia’s finest private collections of 20th century brush and ink paintings, and the impetus behind the collection.
Between 2013 and 2015, the Ashmolean Museum was able to analyze and conserve one of the largest and most handsome vessels in its renowned Islamic art collection, a 13th century Persian lusterware salver. Dr. Leoni presented aspects of this extensive research effort and its findings, where scientific and forensic methods confirmed and clarified previous suspicions about its “repairs”: indeed, parts of the bowl were added in modern times. Questions still remain about who, where, and when these parts were added, and how extensive such forged or repaired Islamic ceramics were in the early 20th century, when collecting Islamic decorative arts was at its peak in Europe.
Curator Tiffany Wai-ying Beres led OCS members through From Two Arises Three: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney highlighting the intersections between photography and Chinese traditional ink painting.
The origins of the “Yixian Luohans” as they came to be known thanks to Friedrich Perzynski’s account has been a source of controversy ever since they first appeared. In his talk, Tony Miller recounted the history of their discovery, updated members on recent research and offered his own view of why much that has been written since these beautiful sculpted-from-life figures first surfaced in 1912 has been misguided.
The OCS organised a guided viewing of two exhibitions at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Phil Chan led members through “A Field in Bloom: Highlights of Chinese Art to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK”, which was followed by a discussion of “Phoenix Reborn – Chu Jades Excavated from Hubei Museum” by Dr. Xu Xiaodong, Associate Director of the Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The OCS members were guided through M+’s first exhibition on the subject of ink art with its curator, Dr Lesley Ma. Featuring works by more than forty artists from across Asia and beyond, The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+, was the museum’s first dedicated exhibition on the subject, highlighting the diverse explorations that have taken place within ink art since the 1960s.
Central Harmony: Zhonghe Tang Group (1671-73) Revisited
Professor Peter Lam
28 November 2017 – The Hong Kong Club
In this lecture Professor Lam revisited the Zhonghe Tang Group to share important findings in light of recent scholarship done in China and, most importantly, new information available from a large and important group of Zhonghe Tang shards recently found in downtown Jingdezhen and Fouliang magistrate site.
Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auctions
Rosemary Scott and Pola Antebi
26 November 2017 – Hong Kong Convention and
OCS Members were invited to an exclusive preview of Christie’s Autumn Auctions of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art with Rosemary Scott and Pola Antebi
George Chinnery & Chinese Export Art
13 November 2017 – The Hong Kong Club
The lecture presented a rare opportunity to take a close look at The Hong Kong Club’s fine collection of works by George Chinnery (1774-1852) – drawings, watercolours and oil paintings by the great expatriate artist, who came to the China coast to escape from his Calcutta creditors, but remained for 27 years producing much of his best work.
K. S. Lo Memorial Lecture
Dining, Diplomacy and Decoration: Chinese Porcelain in European Court Collections, 1500-1800
Dr. Stacey Pierson
8 November 2017 – The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Pierson mapped and traced the complex and fascinating history of consumption, collecting and exchange of late Ming and Qing Chinese porcelain in the courts of Europe, demonstrating its lasting impact on the visual and cultural landscape of court settings across the European world.
Rui State Tombs: Shang and Western Zhou Jade Designs
Dr. Tsai Ching-Liang
23 October 2017 – Liang Yi Museum
Dr. Tsai Ching-Liang of the National Palace Museum (Taiwan) gave a lively lecture at the Liang Yi Museum about Shang and Western Zhou jades. Working like an archaeological detective, he reveals how his analysis of the jades found in the Rui State tombs provided insight into the political and spiritual motives of the royal occupants of these tombs.
The Royal Ontario Museum Collection
17 October 2017 – The Hong Kong Club
The lecture discussed the fascinating history of The Royal Ontario Museum’s collection of Chinese art, including its history of acquisition, ongoing research and the strong Hong Kong connection with the Royal Ontario Museum.
History of Gold & Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum
Dr. Xu Xiaodong & Dr. Roslyn Hammers
22 July 2017
The OCS organised a day of exhibition tours with two esteemed experts. In the morning session Xu Xiaodong, Associate Director of the Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong, led members through the “History of Gold: Masterpieces from Shaanxi” at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, followed by a discussion of the “Hall of Mental Cultivation of The Palace Museum – Imperial Residence of Eight Emperors” at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum led by Dr. Roslyn Hammers in the afternoon.
Discover the Celadons of Zhejiang
Lai Suk Yee
8-11 June 2017
The OCS organised a small-group study tour focused on the celadon ceramics of Zhejiang with Ms Lai Suk Yee, former Assistant Curator, and Researcher at the Art Museum.
Christie’s 2017 Spring Sale preview
Rosemary Scott and Pola Antebi
28 May 2017
OCS Members were invited to an exclusive preview of Christie’s Hong Kong Spring Auctions of Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art with Rosemary Scott and Pola Antebi. Featuring over 300 works of art, members were shown important highlights from the sale.
The Legacy of Liangzhu Culture
13 May 2017
Renowned collector Angus Forsyth guided OCS members through an exhibition of Liangzhu Culture jades and other artifacts from the Zhejiang Provincial Museum, sharing his depth of knowledge to enliven this exhibition of an ancient civilization. The tour was followed by tea and dimsum at the Lock Cha Tea House.