SOAS University of London

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

Ms Xiaoxin Li


Xiaoxin Li
Ms Xiaoxin Li
Thesis title:
Rethinking Guang shi jia ju (Cantonese style furniture): A Design History of Mid 18th Century to early 20th Century
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Xiaoxin Li is a recipient of the SOAS Research Studentship. She is a curator of Chinese collections at the Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum. Her current focus in the role is developing the museum’s expertise and collection in contemporary Chinese design and studio craft. Formerly as Assistant Curator, she was involved in a number of projects including Xu Bing’s installation Traveling to the Wonderland. She also curated the Japanese woodblock prints display for the refurbished Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art. Before moving to London, she worked at Durham University Oriental Museum, where she curated the Malcolm MacDonald Gallery of Chinese Art and Archaeology. Xiaoxin holds a MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies (Leicester) and a BA in History of Art (Guangzhou, China). Her research interests include Chinese ceramics, export art, the material culture of early modern Canton and history of collecting. Xiaoxin also lectures for the SOAS Diploma of Asian Art courses and the V&A Arts of East Asia courses.