From Chen Danqing and Qin Feng who gave us Western Prints and Beijing City and 1927－1949 Images of the Republican Period comes a new exhibition: William Alexander's Qianlong Empire.
In the 18th century, rapid technological development helped the British expand their overseas colonies, as opposed to China, located in the Far East, which stubbornly refused to accept these newly-created methods. In order to expand the business relationship with China, King George III sent British Ambassador George Macartney to China on a mission, which left many valuable records to later generations. For the arts community, the most influential one is the water color paintings and books of engravings which record what William Alexander saw and heard when he accompanied the visit to China.
After an opportunity to appreciate these original engraving works, we will be able to hear about local customs and the art history relating to these images.
Tan Ping (Vice-President of the Central Academy of Fine Arts) and Yan Hui (a teacher from the Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University), who are experts in this field, have been invited to deliver the lecture. « 收起