Imagining China:
‘Neo-Literati Painting’ on the Subject of Mount Huang in the 1930s

Date:  22 Mar 2024 - 22 Mar 2024

Date: Friday, 22 March 2024

Time: 12:45–1:45 p.m. 

Venue: Drake Gallery, 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Language: Putonghua 


Speaker: Dr. Zhaoxue Li | Associate Research Fellow, School of Arts, Nanjing University; Visiting Research Fellow, Toyo University

Moderator: Dr. Sarah Ng | Curator, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong



In the 1920s, the modern concept of literati painting (wenrenhua) emerged in China as a symbol of, and principal conduit for, revolutionary ideas and Republican art. Over the following decade, visualising China for the world through a ‘neo-literati’ style became a core mission for contemporary Chinese painters. This lecture will begin with the story of Chinesische Malerei der Gegenwart (1934), an exhibition of contemporary Chinese painting in Berlin curated by Liu Haisu (1896–1994). It will then explore modern China’s efforts to construct what is now recognised as national art. 


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