China's Imperial Modern: The Painter's Craft

 
How did modern ways of making paintings and prints—from mechanical reproduction to creative appropriation—emerge from the ink painter’s studio, enter the public sphere, and help shape people’s identities and lives in China during the late imperial era?

China’s Imperial Modern: The Painter’s Craft examines this question in an exciting new exhibition highlighting objects and artworks from the University of Alberta Museums’ Mactaggart Art Collection.

By considering ink paintings, woodblock-printed books, sketchbooks, and artist’s tools such as inkstones and inksticks from the 18th and 19th centuries, China’s Imperial Modern: The Painter’s Craft explores how brush-and-ink painting left the domain of the educated elite to circulate in the art market, at the imperial court, and throughout what would soon become the nation of China. The exhibition demonstrates how the visual pleasures, confusion and anxieties typically associated in the West with the modern moment of the early 20th century also typify the visual culture of China’s late imperial era.

 

This exhibition was curated by Lisa Claypool, curator of the Mactaggart Art Collection, in collaboration with students from the Department of Art & Design enrolled in the seminar "Imperial China's Culture of the Copy". Student co-curators will be providing free guided tours of The Painter's Craft every Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

China's Imperial Modern: The Painter's Craft is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.   

Exhibition Hours:

Thursday and Friday: noon-5 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Closed holiday weekends.

Noon-Hour Chats:

  • FRI. April 20, 12:15-12:45 p.m.: "The Sight of Death: Portrait Painting in Late Imperial China", a conversation with curator Lisa Claypool, meet in TELUS Centre Atrium.
  • FRI. May 4, 12:15-12:45 p.m.: "Copies and Multiples: The Imperial Arts of China", a conversation with curator Lisa Claypool, meet in TELUS Centre Atrium.

Workshops:

Date and Time

Thursday, April 05, 2012 - Saturday, July 14, 2012

Contact Information

University of Alberta Museums
museums@ualberta.ca
780.492.5834

Cost

Free, admission by donation.

Location

TELUS Centre
University of Alberta Museums, Gallery A, Main Floor (87 Ave. & 111 St.)