Chinese Art in Hong Kong

Chinese Art in Hong Kong – Collecting Societies, Museums and Auction Houses

Date: Friday 9th March 2018
Venue: Upper Ryder Street Gallery at Christies, 8 King St, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT
Time:  3.30pm Lecture, 4.30pm Refreshments


During the early to mid-20th century, collectors and dealers from mainland China brought an influx of Chinese art, along with their expertise on the subject, to the British colony of Hong Kong. Here large collections of Chinese art were built up in a multicultural environment, and the study of Chinese art was actively promoted through collectors’ societies, public exhibitions, scholarly publications and the art trade from the 1960s to 1990s. Through outlining the history, context and impact of private and institutional collecting in this specific geographical location, this talk examines how collecting networks and practices reflected as well as triggered broader trends in the consumption and perception of Chinese art, exemplifying the ways in which representative Hong Kong individuals and key institutions both continued Chinese traditions and appropriated Western methods in framing ideas of Chinese art.

IvyChan01bBorn and raised in Hong Kong, Ivy Chan is a Specialist in the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Christie’s, having joined the company in 2010. After reading History and Art History, she obtained her MA in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, focusing on early Ming period ceramics. In addition to lecturing on the Christie’s Education Arts of China MA course, she has worked on multiple research and translation projects related to Chinese art and culture, and is currently completing her doctoral thesis on Chinese art collecting in Hong Kong at SOAS.

This event is for members of the Hong Kong Society only and places are on a first come first served basis. Please contact the office on or by telephone on 020 7963 9447 to register.

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