The Refinement of Lingnan: Appreciation of Cantonese Collectors in the Late Qing Dynasty and the Early Republic of China
Lingnan has long been known for its thriving markets and developed commerce. Since the Qing Dynasty, in addition to the Thirteen Factories for foreign trade, Guangzhou has also enjoyed strong domestic sales. There is a slang phrase in Xiguan: “Go out and build on the streets, and some people will peddle in four alleys, praying for God and worshipping Buddha, and divination. There are all kinds of the things.” It shows the extent of its wealth and prosperity. The prosperous economy created the rise of a group of connoisseurs and collectors, including Kong Guangtao (1832-1890), Liang Yuwei (1844-1917), Rong Geng (1894-1983), and Shang Chengzuo (1902-1991) and so on. This course focuses on the artistic and cultural activities of Cantonese connoisseurs and collectors across the country to explore their role and function in the formation of regional cultures, as well as their role in modern Chinese art. Through the study of their activities, it may provide us with an alternative aspect of the development of Chinese art in the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China.
Camellia Ni-Na NG
Camellia Ni-Na NG completed her Ph. D in History of Chinese Arts at Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained her master’s degree in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, England. Also, she was a visiting scholar at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and was responsible for sorting out and researching its Chinese painting collection. Her research focusses on the art and cultural exchange between China and East and Southeast Asian countries from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, local and oversea collections of Chinese Arts and the current status of world art development.
14/1, 28/1, 11/2, 25/2/2022 (FRI)
7:00pm – 9:00pm