SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Blanc de Chine, a Continuous Conversation: Making the Display at the V&A

Xiaoxin Li (Curator of the Chinese Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum)

Date: 26 November 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 26 November 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG08

Type of Event: Seminar

Blanc de Chine, a Continuous Conversation is a display on Dehua porcelains recently opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Divided in two sections at the V&A’s China Gallery (Room 44) and Ceramics Gallery (Room 146), this display attempts to bring together historic and contemporary materials, building a bridge between industry and artistic creation, tradition and innovation, Chinese and non-Chinese studio ceramic practices. This talk is going to unveil some behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the display, and discover how the topic was explored and interpreted in a museum environment.

About the speaker

Xiaoxin Li is Curator of the Chinese Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has previously curated the ukiyo-e display at the Toshiba Gallery at the V&A (2015), and the MacDonald Gallery of China at Durham University Oriental Museum (2012). In addition to her curatorial work, she recently completed a PhD in the History of Art and Archaeology Department at SOAS.

Organiser: Dr Stacey Pierson

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