FINE ART ASIA 2019 Academic Programme


Unlocking the Mysteries of the Empresses 
Presented by Hong Kong Palace Museum


Speakers:  Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director, Curatorial and Programming, Hong Kong Palace Museum
Date: 6 October 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 2 – 3pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Fine Art Asia
Language: English, with simultaneous translation into Putonghau


Co-curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Empresses of China‘s Forbidden City, Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang will share new discoveries about the empresses in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and behind-the-scenes stories about how an international team worked tirelessly to bring over 250 treasures from the Forbidden City. 


Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang is the Deputy Director, Curatorial and Programming, of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. She has served as the Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Chinese Art Specialist at the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler. She has led a number of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art exhibitions, collection-based installations, research, acquisition, and fundraising projects. With Jan Stuart, she co-curated the major exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City and co-edited the exhibition publication. This exhibition was named the “Best Thematic/Historical Show” in 2018 by the Boston Globe. A specialist of the history of collecting, lacquer, Qing court portraiture, and the history of photography in China, she has published internationally. Her new book is the first monograph on Charles Lang Freer and the formation of his Chinese art collection. She is a recipient of a Getty Museum Leadership Fellowship and a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Her work has been merited with a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, a Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Award and a Smithsonian Valuing World Cultures Award.