The Hugo Helbing Lecture - Exploring the Art Market
von 19:00 bis 21:00
Craig Clunas: Marketing Art in China from Ming to Modernity
China is the site of what is the longest continuous art market tradition in the world, but that does not mean it is unchanged over time. This talk will focus on two particular moments of intense market activity in China, the early seventeenth century and the early twentieth century, to examine the continuities and differences between these two era. The diary of a late Ming 'man of culture', rich in the detail of an elite collector's lifestyle, will be juxtaposed with the mass culture of newspaper advertisements placed by artists in Republican Shanghai; these texts, and the artworks they describes, will act as a focus for an investigation of the art market in China from Ming to modernity.
Prof. Craig Clunas
Craig Clunas is Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford, and the first scholar of Asian art to hold this Chair. He has worked as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as teaching art history at the universities of Chicago and Sussex, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Visual China Research Centre, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. In 2014 he co-curated the British Museum exhibition, 'Ming: 50 Years that Changed China'. His most recent book, based on the 2012 Mellon lectures delivered at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, is Chinese Painting and its Audiences (2017).
This lecture is part of the the Hugo Helbing Lecture. The Hugo Helbing Lecture – Exploring the Art Market commemorates the achievements of Hugo Helbing every year. It was first held in 2016 on the occasion of the donation of annotated auction catalogues from his firm to the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich.