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International Symposium on Chineseness in Art

Mar 11, 2015

“(In)Direct Speech. ‘Chineseness’ in Contemporary Art Discourse and Practice. Art Market, Curatorial Practices and Creative Processes” was the title of an international symposium organised by Cluster Member Franziska Koch and Rui Oliveira Lopes (Lisbon). During the event held in Lisbon from March 16 to 19, an “International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art” was launched.

The international symposium “(In)Direct Speech. ‘Chineseness’ in Contemporary Art Discourse and Practice. Art Market, Curatorial Practices and Creative Processes" was the first jointly organized event by the Artistic Studies Research Centre / Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon University, Portugal, and the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” of Heidelberg University, Germany. It took place from March 16 to 19, 2015, at Lisbon University. Franziska Koch (Global Art History) and Rui Oliveira Lopes (CIEBA/FBAUL) have conceptualized the symposium with the intent to critically examine various constructions of “Chineseness” that artists, curators, critics or dealers propel in the field of contemporary art. In line with the research and teaching programmes of the collaborating institutions – Art in a global perspective in Lisbon and Global Art History in Heidelberg ‒ the symposium considers transculturality a major methodological challenge when studying how art from China and art about China is created and received today. The 20 international speakers of various disciplinary and professional backgrounds included Ph.D.-students, post-doctoral researchers and senior scholars as well as artists and curators. They participated in launching the International Research Network for Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art on the last day of the symposium. The network is envisioned as a global platform to facilitate and foster scholarly communication and to specifically address the needs of junior scholars belonging to a widespread and growing research community.

The international symposium “(In)Direct Speech. ‘Chineseness’ in Contemporary Art Discourse and Practice. Art Market, Curatorial Practices and Creative Processes” was organized by Franziska Koch and Rui Oliveira Lopes. Franziska Koch is a Post-doctoral Researcher and the Assistant Professor to the HCTS Chair of Global Art History held by Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja. Rui Oliveira Lopes is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Artistic Studies Research Centre, Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Lisbon and currently Head of its Research Programme “Art in a Global Perspective”.

Read more about the focus of the symposium, the programme, the research network and visit the conference website.


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  • All pictures by Rachel Marsden, except second one by Wang Lianming

  • Poster of the Symposium