Dr Kristina Kleutghen
PhD (Harvard) MA (Cambridge)
Kristina Kleutghen earned her PhD in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2010, with a focus on Chinese art history. She specializes in cross-cultural perspectives on late imperial, modern and contemporary Chinese art, and her research examines the lives and afterlives of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) imperial objects. Her doctoral dissertation, "The Qianlong Emperor's Perspective: Illusionistic Painting in Eighteenth-Century China," examines a little-known genre of monumental court painting that not only combined European and Chinese pictorial techniques, but also blurred the line between reality and illusion for the imperial viewer. At present, she is finalizing several articles for publication and revising her dissertation into a manuscript.
Currently, Kristina is co-founder and executive editor of Modern Art Asia, the first and only journal dedicated to the arts of Asia from the eighteenth century to present. In this capacity, she focuses on manifestations of the continuing cultural exchange between China and the West in both scholarship and criticism.
Cross-cultural perspectives on late imperial, modern and contemporary Chinese art, and her research examines the lives and afterlives of Qing dynasty (1644-1911) imperial objects.