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[Lecture] Between Heaven and Men: Shanshui as Medium

OCT . 24 2021
Wu Hung

TIAN Xiaofei, Professor of Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
LI Qingquan, Professor of School of History and Culture, Shandong University
LIU Chen, Assistant Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
ZHANG Jianyu, Associate Professor of School of Arts, Renmin University of China


06:30  Oct 24, 2021 (GMT-5)
19:30  Oct 24, 2021 (GMT+8)

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

Focusing on the period of Wei, Jin, and Northern and Southern Dynasties, this lecture discusses the newly emerging significance of shanshui images in connecting Heaven, Earth, and Man structurally. In this process, shanshui increasingly facilitated people's spiritual pursuit, providing scholars, artists, Buddhists, and Daoists with a crucial means to connect themselves with the metaphysical world, as well as an important vehicle to express their ideas and inner feelings.


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