Ding Yanyong’s Guangzhou/Hong Kong: A Forgotten History of Modern Chinese Art that Straddles the Year 1949
Date: Wednesday 9 Aug 2017, 12.00- 1.30pm
A lecture presented by Cai Tao with translation by Claire Roberts
This talk will focus on the cross-disciplinary artistic practice developed by Ding Yanyong (1902-1978) in Guangzhou and Hong Kong in the period after the end of the Sino-Japanese War. Owing to the fact that Ding moved to Hong Kong after 1949, viewers in mainland Chinese remain unfamiliar with this talented avant-garde artist. Using works by Ding Yanyong from collections in Australia, Hong Kong and elsewhere, the talk will reconsider the artist’s life experience and, drawing on perspectives from modern East Asian art history, examine the pathways of modern art opened up by Ding Yanyong, Guan Liang, Tan Huamu and other Cantonese artists who studied in Japan.
*This talk will be presented in Chinese with translation by Claire Roberts, Associate Professor, Art History and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication.
Dr Cai Tao, Associate Professor, Art History Research Institute, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, was formerly a curator at the Guangdong Museum of Art. His research interests include modern art and artistic flows between China and Japan, war and visual culture, the art history of New China.
Dr Claire Roberts, Associate Professor, Art History and ARC Future Fellow, in the School of Culture and Communication.
Dr Cai Tao’s visit is supported by Claire Roberts’ ARC Future Fellowship project ‘Re-configuring the World: China. Art. Agency. 1900s to Now‘, the School of Communication and Culture, Faculty of Arts and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Language: Mandarin with translation
Contact: Dr Olivia Meehan, Curator of Academic Programs