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[Lecture] Independence of the Image: Shanshui as Art Work

OCT . 27 2021
Wu Hung

BI Fei, Professor of School of Arts and Humanities, China Academy of Art
ZHENG Yan, Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
LI Meitian, Professor of School of History, Renmin University of China
HUANG Xiaofeng, Professor of Central Acedmy of Fine Arts


06:30  Oct 27, 2021 (GMT-5)
19:30  Oct 27, 2021 (GMT+8) 

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

This lecture focuses on a group of "simulated shanshui paintings" recently discovered in Tang tombs. As archaeological and art historical materials, these images simultaneously provide two kinds of information. On the one hand, they help construct the underground realm of the dead, and on the other hand, they mirror real landscape paintings in the human world. An integrated study of these two aspects helps connect the fields of painting history and tomb art, and also urges us to conceptualize the disciplinary characteristics of "archaeological art history."


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