Global Art Exchange and Modernism in Socialist China

OCTOBER 30 – 31 – Zoom Webinar (Registration Required)

This workshop focuses on the impact of global artistic exchanges on Chinese artists during the most rigid period of Socialist China. Including presentations on Latin American and Romanian influences; impressionist and modernist-inspired underground artist groups during the Cultural Revolution; and discreet international art exhibitions in revolutionary China, the speakers dismantle the simplistic, Cold War-influenced narratives of East-West dichotomy and capitalist modernism v. socialist realism. They reveal Chinese artists’ continuing thirst for alternative aesthetic inspiration, and underscore the crucial impact of human exchanges on art and creativity in the socialist period.


Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
Chair: Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor, Ohio State University

Opening remarks
 by Shengtian Zheng, Adjunct Director of the Institute of Asian Art Vancouver Art Gallery, Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University

Chile, China, Cuba: A Mural and Beyond
 Shengtian Zheng, Adjunct Director of the Institute of Asian Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University
Discussant: Claire Roberts

Beyond Castiglione: Post-WWII Sino-Italian Artistic Exchange
Presenter: Yang Wang, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Colorado
Discussant: Tao Cai

A Cancelled Graduation Exhibition: A Study on the Formation and Influence of the Romanian School in Chinese Art Education
Presenter: Nan Ma, Curator, Head of Department of Curation, Research and International Exchange, Art Museum of China Academy of Art
Discussant: Shengtian Zheng

Creating A New Era of 20th Century: Huang Binhong (1865-1955) and Modern Art During the Cold War
Presenter: Zaixin Hong, Professor of Chinese Art History, University of Puget Sound
Discussant: Nan Ma

Boundary Crossing – Ye Qianyu and Dai Ailian
Presenter: Claire Roberts, Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
Discussant: Yang Wang

“Pictorial Diary” in the South: Tan Huamu’s Painting in the New China Period
Presenter: Tao Cai, Associate Professor, School of Arts and Humanities, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Discussant: Zaixin Hong


Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm (Pacific Standard Time)
Chair: Julia Orell, Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, University of British Columbia

Never forget Mao: the Monumental as Radical Universal?
Presenter: Barbara Mittler, Chair in Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg
Discussant: Nicolai Volland

Realism or Modernism? Exhibitions of Sesshū in Japan and China in 1956
Presenter: Effie Yin, Ringling College of Art and Design
Discussant: Yuning Teng

A Challenge to Socialist Realism: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Others in an Unknown 1960 Exhibition in China
Presenter: Yuning Teng, Deputy Director of Centre for Visual Studies, Peking University
Discussant: Barbara Mittler

Socialist Graphic Novels: Soviet Literature for Chinese Readers
Presenter: Nicolai Volland, Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Penn State University
Discussant: Shuyu Kong

Modernist Undercurrents in Socialist Art Education
Presenter: Juliane Noth, Heisenberg Fellow, University of Hamburg and Research Professor of China Institute for Visual Studies, China Academy of Art
Discussant: Effie Yin

Shades of Grey: Impressionism in China, 1956-1979
Presenter: Shuyu Kong, Professor of Humanities and co-Director of David Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University
Discussant: Juliane Noth

Concluding remarks by Shuyu Kong, Professor of Humanities and co-Director of David Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University

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