Colloque : Face to Face. The Transcendence of the Arts in China and Beyond, 3-5 avril 2013

3-5 April 2013, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon, PORTUGAL

« Face to Face – The transcendence of the arts in china and beyond » is a conference that will bring a wide range of new perspectives on the artistic styles changes of Chinese Arts, resulting from the artistic exchange and mutual interactions with the arts, styles and techniques of other cultures in China itself and beyond its cultural frontiers. Given to the long artistic traditions and the multicultural sediment of Chinese arts it is critical to present a selection of comparative perspectives on the legacy of other artistic traditions in the arts of China, from the Bronze Age to Modern-day, crossing through ceramics, metalwork, painting, sculpture, carving, prints, textiles, drama (theatre, opera, shadow puppetry and cinema), and performing arts (music and dance).

Our goals for the conference are to raise awareness of the artistic exchange and mutual influences between the Han Chinese arts and the arts from different cultural backgrounds in China itself, as well as beyond its geographical and cultural boundaries. We also aim to go through the issues on the construction of artistic identity and the balance between permeability and hegemony, tradition and innovation, convenience and misinterpretation.

About the Project

In 2013 the Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA) of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon presents a research programme that brings together the results of scholarly research assembled in a two volume edited book and an international conference, as well as a set of contemporary exhibitions that reveals the perspectives of Portuguese artists and designers on China.

With this project the Faculty of Fine Arts intends to contribute for a deeper knowledge of the Chinese arts and highlight the artistic relations in the context of China’s multicultural background as well as the dialogue of Chinese arts with the arts of other cultures, from the first contacts along the Silk Road up to the global perspectives on contemporary art. This project also as the intention to establishes protocols for cooperation and exchange in the field of art education and the arts.


  • Artistic Studies Research Centre (CIEBA)
  • Faculty of Fine Arts – University of Lisbon

Project Coordination

  • Rui Oliveira Lopes, PhD (CIEBA/FBAUL)
  • Fernando António Baptista Pereira, PhD (CIEBA/FBAUL)

Programme (you may download the PDF programme below)

Wednesday, 3 April (Main Auditorium, Faculty of Fine Arts)

09:00 Welcome and Introduction

Artistic identities in contrast. The arts along the Silk Road and the South China Sea Routes

Discussant: Rui Oliveira Lopes (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)

  • 09:20 – 09:50 Han and Wei Jin Tombs with Murals: Artistic Exchange and Foreign Elements in the Architecture and Iconography
    Natasa Vampelj Suhadolnik (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Asian and African Studies)
  • 09:50 – 10:20 From Han to Koguryo: The spread of stone chamber tombs to the Korean Peninsula (1st – 6th Centuries AD)
    Chen Li (School of Archaeology, University of Oxford)
  • 10:20 – 10:50 Buddha and bodhisattvas in the Koguryo tomb no. 1 at Changchuan, Ji’an, Jilin province, China
    Ariane Perrin (Centre for Korean Studies, UMR 8173, « China, Korea, Japan » CNRS-EHESS, Paris)

10:50 – 11:00 Tea/Coffee break

  • 11:00 – 11:30 Bodhidharma in China, Korea and Japan: Models for representations and commercialization of the legendary founder of Chan Buddhism in East Asia
    Beatrix Mecsi (ELTE University Budapest)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Exchange across media in Northern Wei China
    Bonnie Cheng (Art & East Asian Studies, Oberlin College)
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Central Asia: The Eastern Provincial Art of Sasanians
    Parisa Moghadam (State University of New York)
  • 12:30 – 13:00 Perceptions of the Silk Road in Early Modern Portuguese Literature
    João Paulo Oliveira e Costa (CHAM, New University of Lisbon)

13:00 – 13:15 Panel Commentary

13:15 – 14:30 Lunch

From the artistic sophistication of the Song to the legacy of the Mongol invasion

Discussant: João Paulo Oliveira e Costa (CHAM, New University of Lisbon)

  • 14:30 – 15:00 The Rock Carvings in « Stone Seal Mountain »: a specimen of Water-Land Ritual and the Unification of the Three Teachings in Stone from the Song dynasty (960-1279)
    Zhou Zhao (Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Reading between the lines: A potter, a connoisseur and a curator
    Yupin Chung (The Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums)
  • 15:30 – 16:00 From Virtuous Paragons to Efficacious Images: Paintings of Filial Sons in Song Tombs
    Fei Deng (National Institute of Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University)

16:00 – 16:15 Tea/Coffee break

  • 16:15 – 16:45 The Heavenly Horse Came from West of the West: How a gift from the Pope in 1342 came to be depicted as a Tribute Horse in a Late-Yuan painting
    Lauren Arnold (Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco)
  • 16:45 – 17:15 The legacy of the Mongols in Islamic Eurasia: Patterns of Artistic Interactions between the world of Islam and China in Early Modern Times
  • Yuka Kadoi (The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh)
  • 17:15 – 17:45 Artistic Exchange between China and Korea: Lacquer Art inlaid with Mother-of-pearl
    Patricia Frick (Museum of Lacquer Art, Muenster)

17:45 – 18:00 Panel Commentary

Thursday, 4 April (Main Auditorium, Faculty of Fine Arts)

The artistic exchange in Late imperial China

Discussant: Nuno Vassallo e Silva (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum)

  • 09:30-10:00 Repercussions of the Chinese textiles in the Portuguese artistic production (16th – 17th centuries)
    Maria João Ferreira (CHAM, New University of Lisbon / Azores University)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Chinese fashion crossed the oceans in the wake of the Portuguese trade with China during the Late Ming and Early Qing dynasties
    Rui d’Ávila Lourido (Observatório da China)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Chinese porcelain of the Ming dynasty for the Portuguese market
    Maria Antónia Pinto Matos (National Tile Museum, Lisbon)

11:00 – 11:15 Tea/Coffee break

  • 11:15 – 11:45 The legacy of Christian iconography in Chinese art
    Fernando António Baptista Pereira (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)
  • 11:45 – 12:15 Church, Sacred Event and the Visual Perspective of the « Etic Observer »: An Eighteenth Century Chinese Silk Painting in the Bibliothèque nationale de France
    Lianming Wang (Institute of East Asian Art History, University of Heidelberg)
  • 12:15 – 12:45 The construction of Chinese style gardens in 18th century Germany by using the Garden of Wörlitz (1764-1813) and the Chinese garden of Oranienbaum (1793-1797) as examples
    Sheng-Ching Chang (Fujen University)

12:45 – 13:00 Panel Commentary

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Urban Imaginaries: The Framing of China Trade Paintings
    Yeewan Koon (Fine Arts Department, University of Hong Kong)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Priming the Empire: Birds, Beasts and Peoples at the Qianlong Court
    Yu-chih Lai (Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica)
  • 15:30 – 16:00 The ‘immortal’s works’ and the ‘cabinet of curiosity’ in the Qing Court from 1662 to 1795
    Ching-fei Shih (Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan University)

16:00 – 16:15 Tea/Coffee break

  • 16:15 – 16:45 Western art in the Eastern Court: The paradigmatic dialogue of art and religion in the Late Ming and Early Qing dynasties
    Rui Oliveira Lopes (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)
  • 16:45 – 17:15 Invited Speaker
    The Western impacts on the architecture and landscape paintings of the High Qing Court
    Shih-hua Chiu (National Palace Museum, Taipei)
  • 17:15 – 18:00 Keynote Speaker
    The role of prints in Sino-European artistic interaction of the Early Modern Period
    Cheng-hua Wang (Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica)

18:00 – 18:15 Panel Commentary

Thursday, 4 April (Lagoa Henriques Auditorium, Faculty of Fine Arts)

19th century and Modern Chinese Art

Discussant: Jorge dos Reis (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)

  • 14:00 – 14:30 Squealing bodies, silent minds. Two case-studies: Lam Qua’s portraits and Pu Qua’s illustrations
    Anabela Leandro (UCP – Catholic University of Portugal)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Curating Pan Yuliang
    Isabel Cervera (Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Modern Chinese painting in Europe: a failure or a tour-de-force
    Michaela Pejcochova (National Gallery in Prague)

15:30 – 15:45 Tea/Coffee break

  • 15:45 – 16:15 Picturing Sound, Sounding Image: The Evocation of Sound in early 1930s Chinese Silent Cinema
    Ling Zhang (Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago)
  • 16:15 – 16:45 The Moon Night: Visualizing the Musical Experience in 1930s China
    Stephanie Su (Department of Art History, University of Chicago)
  • 16:45 – 17:15 Yang Fudong’s Modern Pilgrims
    Petra Pollakova (National Gallery in Prague)
  • 17:15 – 17:45 Estrangement Techniques with Chinese characteristics. The Dialectics of Ver/Ent-Fremdung in the Drama of Gao Xingjian: Brechtian Reminiscences in Existentialist Disguise
    Letizia Fusini (School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London)

17:45 – 18:15 Panel Commentary

Friday, 5 April (Main Auditorium, Faculty of Fine Arts)

China Today. Contemporary Chinese Art in a global context

Discussant: Fernando António Baptista Pereira (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Art in the Marketplace: Taste, Sale and Transformation of Guohua in Republican Shanghai
    Pedith Chan (City University of Hong Kong)
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Selling happiness goes global: Shanghai calendar posters and visual culture joint the West
    Beatriz Hernández (UCP – Catholic University of Portugal)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Typography on the other side of the world is calligraphy – bilingualism and counterpoint in today’s China and yesterday’s Portugal
    Jorge dos Reis (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)

11:00 – 11:15 Tea/Coffee break

  • 11:15 – 11:45 Beyond the appearances: the invisibility at work in an installation of Chen Zhen
    Anne Vincent-Durand (Institut d’arts, lettres et histoire, Université d’Angers (U.C.O.))
  • 11:45 – 12:15 A Western art between Buddhism and Nihilism faces a Chinese contemporary art
    Shiyan Li (Laboratoire d’études en Sciences des Arts (LESA), Aix-en-Provence)
  • 12:15 – 12:45 The work of Alberto Carneiro and the Taoist system of thought
    Rogério Taveira (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon)

12:45 – 13:00 Panel Commentary

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

  • 14:30 – 15:00 Restoring the Walls, Breaking the Silences: Creative Performances of Transfiguration at Beijing’s Dashanzi Art Zone
    Tânia Ganito (School of Social and Political Sciences – Technical University of Lisbon, ISCSP-UTL)
  • 15:00 – 15:30 City and survival-Reflections in the public space in Guangzhou. A case study: The Group Big Tail Elephant (Da Weixiang)
    Yanna Tong (University of Barcelona)
  • 15:30 – 16:00 The emergent contemporary Chinese art. The post 80’s artist’s generations in the Pearl River Delta
    Carla de Utra Mendes (University of Saint Joseph, Macau)

16:00 – 16:15 Tea/Coffee break

  • 16:15 – 16:45 Revisiting the first official bi-national exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art in Europe: « Living in time » in Berlin 2001 and « Alors, la Chine? » in Paris 2003
    Franziska Koch (Cluster of Excellence « Asia and Europe in a global context », Heidelberg University)
  • 16:45 – 17:15 From sun flower seeds to mountain tops: the representation of nature in the work of Chinese contemporary artists exhibited in Europe between 2000 and 2012
    Cristina Vasconcelos de Almeida (Institute of Art History, New University of Lisbon)
  • 17:15 – 17:45 Ai Weiwei and Artistic Integrity in the 21st Century
    Taliesin Thomas (AW Asia, New York / Columbia University, New York)

17:45 – 18:00 Panel Commentary

Face to Face Conference Programme


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