Library, Jordan Centre, 1/F, 52 Jordan Road, Kowloon
Saturday, 28 May 2022
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free admission, registration required (with Online Streaming on French May Arts Festival's Facebook Page)
Speaker: Dr CHOU Wei Chiang, Curator, Hong Kong Palace Museum
In 1764, the Jesuit painter Giuseppe Castiglione (1688–1766) was commissioned to prepare sketches for sixteen illustrations of Qing military conquests. These were sent to Europe on the orders of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735–1796), eventually finding their way to France, where they were etched onto copper plates used for printing. It took twelve years and more than ten trips between China and France to produce sixteen prints, which were combined with a preface by the emperor and colophons by his officials into an album of thirty-four leaves. Using realistic methods of rendering perspective, the images within synthesised the arts of China and the West. Qianlong presented copies of the completed works to members of his family and the court. Others were sent to various palaces and government offices to spread the message of the empire’s martial prowess.
Copperplate printing continued to be used to commemorate subsequent victories. The original set serves as a pioneering example of how the Qing empire used the technologies of the West to commemorate and publicise its own achievements.
About the Speaker - Dr CHOU Wei Chiang
Dr CHOU Wei Chiang received his PhD from National Tsinghua University in 2008. Prior to his appointment at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, he was an Associate Curator at the Palace Museum, Taipei. His research focuses on the history of the Ming and Qing dynasties and the history of science in China. Dr Chou’s exhibitions at the Palace Museum, Taipei include “Dynastic Renaissance: Art and Culture of the Southern Song”, “Voyage with the Tailwind: Qing Archival and Cartographical Materials on Maritime History in the Palace Museum, Taipei”, “Portrayals from a Brush Divine: A Special Exhibition on the Tricentennial of Giuseppe Castiglione’s Arrival in China”, and “Treasures from Heaven: A Special Exhibition of Artifacts from the Holy See”. He is the author of two major books on the history of weaponry, The Frankish Breech Loader in China and Battlewagons in Ming China. Also a keen documentarian and curator of new media exhibitions, Dr Chou has written scripts for the award-winning documentaries Impressions of Sazum, Documenting Victory in Etchings, Diplomatic Credentials that Failed to Arrive, and Rebuilding the Tong-an Ships.
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*The Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Outreach and Arts Education Programme is supported by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities
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***Participants must follow the anti-pandemic measures and arrangements by the Organiser. The arrangement of activity is possible to be changed in light of COVID-19 and government measures.
1. Eating or drinking is not allowed.
2. A face mask must be worn at all times and your body temperature must be checked at the entrance on the ground floor at the reception before entry.
3. The use of the “LeaveHomeSafe (LHS)” app is mandatory. You must also present a valid printed or digitally stored COVID-19 vaccination record or Medical Exemption Certificate QR code as instructed by our staffers.
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