SOAS University of London

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

Dr Pedith Chan

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Pedith Chan
Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Senior Lecturer in Asian Arts and Cultures

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Biography

Pedith Chan received her MPhil in Chinese Art History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and PhD in Art and Archaeology from SOAS. She served as an assistant curator of Chinese Fine Arts at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (1996-1999), where she organised exhibitions on modern and contemporary Chinese art. Before joining SOAS, she was an assistant professor of Cultural and Heritage Management at the City University of Hong Kong (2010-2015) and an assistant professor of Cultural Management in the Faculty of Arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2016-2020). She was awarded the CAA-Getty scholar in 2019 and 2020. Her research interests focus on the production and consumption of art and cultural heritage in modern and contemporary China with focus on the discourse of guohua and ink art. Her book The Making of a Modern Art World: Institutionalisation and Legitimisation of Guohua in Republican Shanghai (Leiden: Brill, 2017) adopts sociological approach to reconstruct the institutional structure and hierarchy of the Shanghai art world, examining the discursive practices and the process of institutionalisation of guohua in Republican China. Recently, she has contributed to two exhibitions, namely Hong Kong Impressions at the Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Embracing Sites/ Sights at the National Palace Museum, Taipei. These projects offer new perspective to contextualise landscape painting, looking at how modern tourism, landscape preference, aesthetics, and perception of landscape shaped artists’ ways of viewing scenic sites and interpretation of learning from nature in modern China. She is currently researching the making of scenic sites in modern China, exploring the correlation between site-specific landscape paintings, national identity and the discourse of tourism. With focus on the scenic sites in southeast China in the prewar period and the southwest landscapes during the Sino-Japanese war, the project examines how scenic mountains exercised agency on artists and how in return artists unlocked the aesthetic value of less known scenic attractions through their paintings. Her recent publications include “Hong Kong Impressions: Modern Tourism and the Visual Representations of the Hong Kong Landscape” (Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2020), “Learning from Nature: Modern Tourism and Site-Specific Landscape Painting” (National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2020), “Representation of Chinese Civilization: Exhibiting Chinese Art in Republican China,” (London: Routledge, 2018), and “In Search of the Southeast: Tourism, Nationalism, Scenic Landscape in Republican China,” (Twentieth-Century China, 2018).

Teaching

Research

Modern and contemporary art; social history; art and global modernism; history of Chinese art and visual culture; travel culture and landscape aesthetic; transnational contacts between China, East Asia and Europe.

Publications

Authored Books

Chan, Pedith (2017) The Making of a Modern Art World: Institutionalisation and Legitimatisation of Guohua in Republican Shanghai. Leiden: Brill.

Articles

Chan, Pedith (2019) '‘跨越藝術史的界限:柯律格教授的物質文化研究’ (Beyond the History of Art: Craig Clunas and Material Culture Studies)'. 美術觀察 Art Observation 6, pp 76-80.

Chan, Pedith (2018) 'In Search of the Southeast: Tourism, Nationalism, and Scenic Landscape in Republican China'. Twentieth Century China, (43) 3, pp 207-231.

Chan, Pedith (2018) 'In Pursuit of Rhythm and Spirit Resonance: The Art of Ding Yanyong (1902-1978)'. Arts of Asia, (48) 5, pp 64-75.

Edited Books or Journals

Chan, Pedith and Yiu, Josh, (eds.), (2019) Hong Kong Impressions. Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong. [Forthcoming]

Book Chapters

Chan, Pedith (2020) '‘造化為師—現代旅遊與實景山水’(Learning from Nature: Modern Tourism and Site-Specific Landscape Painting)'. In: Liu, Yu-jen, (ed.), Embracing Sites/Sights: Scenic Landscape Painting in Modern Chinese Art. Taipei: National Palace Museum.

Chan, Pedith (2020) 'Hong Kong Impressions: Modern Tourism and the Visual Representations of the Hong Kong Landscape'. In: Chan, Pedith and Yiu, Josh, (eds.), Hong Kong Impressions. Art Museum, Chinese University of Hong Kong. [Forthcoming]

Chan, Pedith (2018) 'Representation of Chinese Civilisation: Exhibiting Chinese Art in Republican China'. In: MacLeod, Suzanne and Austin, Tricia and Hale, Jonathan and Ho Hing-Kay, Oscar, (eds.), The Future of Museum and Gallery Design: Purpose, Process, Perception. London: Routledge, pp 71-85.

Chan, Pedith (2017) '‘陳士文與香港早期高等藝術教育’(Chen Shih-Wen (1907-1984) and the Early Development of Tertiary Art Education in Hong Kong)'. In: Tong, Kam Tang, (ed.), Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook 2016 = Xiang gang shi jue yi shu nian jian. Hong Kong: Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, pp 15-28.

Chan, Pedith (2014) 'In the Name of Ink: the Discourse of Ink Art'. In: Tong, Kam Tang, (ed.), Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook 2013 = 香港視覺藝術年鑑. Hong Kong: Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, pp 94-126.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Chan, Pedith (2020) ‘香江入畫—香港名勝與實景山水畫’ (Picturing Hong Kong: Scenic Attractions and Site-Specific Landscape Painting). [Forthcoming]

 

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