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[Lecture] Scenes Beyond This World: Allure of the Immortal Mountain

OCT . 21 2021
Wu Hung

LI Ling, Professor of Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University
ZHENG Yan, Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
LI Qingquan, Professor of School of History and Culture, Shandong University


06:30  Oct 21, 2021 (GMT-5)
19:30  Oct 21, 2021 (GMT+8) 


Online: http://live.bilibili.com/23678679

Immortal mountains became the dominant subject of shanshui images during the Han. This lecture examines three groups of archaeological and visual evidence and explores their religious and intellectual significances. The first group demonstrates the transformation from "divine mountains" to "immortal mountains"; the second group reveals Han people's experimentations with various visual forms of immortal mountains; and the third group documents a new development in Eastern Han landscape representations, when realistic depictions of domesticated landscape emerged and co-existed with fantastic immortal realms.


Wu Hung is Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, and Consulting Curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and sits on the boards and advisory committees of many research institutes and museums in the United States and China. He has been a member of IHSS Academic Committee since 2016.

Wu Hung has published widely on both traditional and contemporary Chinese art. His interest in both traditional and modern/contemporary Chinese art has led him to experiment with different ways to integrate these conventionally separate phases into new kinds of art historical narrative. Several of his ongoing projects follow this direction to explore the interrelationship between art medium, pictorial image, and architectural space, the dialectical relationship between absence and presence in Chinese art and visual culture, and the relationship between art discourse and practice.

Edited by: Ng Joong Hwee, Amanda Hu
Designer: Chin Xiao Yun Pauline
Source: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Peking University