FINE ART ASIA 2021 Academic Programme


Treasures of Painting and Calligraphy from the Palace Museum in a New Light

Presented by Hong Kong Palace Museum

Speakers: Dr. Jiang Fang ting, Associate Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
  Dr. Yang Xu, Associate Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
Moderator: Dr. Tianlong Jiao, Head Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
Date: 8 October 2021 (Friday)
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Language: Putonghua

Two of the Hong Kong Palace Museum’s opening exhibitions will present treasures of ancient Chinese painting and calligraphy from the collection of the Palace Museum. Dr Jiang Fangting sheds light on the life history of masterpieces of painting and calligraphy from the Jin to the Yuan Dynasties (266–1368). Dr Yang Xu provides new insight into the production, conservation and ritual use of imperial portraits of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).


Dr Jiang Fangting’s scholarly interests include Chinese painting and calligraphy as well as connoisseurship and the history of collecting. She received her PhD in the history of Chinese art from the Chinese University of Hong Kong before embarking on a curatorial career as a postdoctoral fellow at the University’s Art Museum. There she made contributions to the exhibition “Transcending Transience: Art and Culture of Late-Ming Jiangnan” and its accompanying publication and programming. She also co-taught a seminar for doctoral students with the University’s Department of Fine Arts and has published several articles in related fields.


Dr Yang Xu received his doctorate in Architectural History from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, specialising in traditional Chinese architecture and garden art. Prior to joining the Hong Kong Palace Museum, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He began his curatorial career at the National Museum of China, where he made contributions to academic programmes and publication projects. His curatorial and research projects have included the restoration of the Qianlong Garden at the Palace Museum and a display of cave temples at the Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum in Hong Kong. His papers appear in peer-reviewed journals.


Dr Tianlong Jiao received his B.A. from Peking University in 1987 and Ph. D. from Harvard University in 2003. Prior to his appointment at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, he was the Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum, the Head and Curator of Chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Chief Curator of Hong Kong Maritime Museum, the Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Bishop Museum. He also served as faculty or visiting professors at University of Hawaii-Manoa, Xiamen University, Chinese University of Science and Technology and Shandong University. His research specialty is early Chinese art and archaeology. He has curated many international traveling exhibitions in collaboration with major museums worldwide, including the Palace Museum. He also conducted archaeological projects in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Hawaii and Honduras. He has authored/co-authored seven books and more than ninety research papers both in Chinese and in English. His book The Neolithic of Southeast China (Cambria Press 2007) was the winner of the 2007 Philip and Eugenia Cho Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Asian Studies.