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Global Art Exchange and Modernism in Socialist China (1949-1979) - October 31, 2020
This workshop focuses on the impact of global artistic exchanges on Chinese artists during the most rigid period of Socialist China. Including presentations on Latin American and Romanian influences; impressionist and modernist-inspired underground artist groups during the Cultural Revolution; and discreet international art exhibitions in revolutionary China, the speakers dismantle the simplistic, Cold War-influenced narratives of East-West dichotomy and capitalist modernism v. socialist realism. They reveal Chinese artists’ continuing thirst for alternative aesthetic inspiration, and underscore the crucial impact of human exchanges on art and creativity in the socialist period.

Session TWO

Chair: Julia Orell

- Never forget Mao: the Monumental as Radical Universal?: Barbara Mittler
- Realism or Modernism? Exhibitions of Sesshū in Japan and China in 1956: Effie Yin
- A Challenge to Socialist Realism: Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Others in an Unknown 1960 Exhibition in China: Yuning Teng
- Socialist Graphic Novels: Soviet Literature for Chinese Readers: Nicolai Volland
- Modernist Undercurrents in Socialist Art Education: Juliane Noth
- Shades of Grey: Impressionism in China, 1956-1979: Shuyu Kong
- Discussion

Concluding remark: Shuyu Kong

Note: a separate registration is required if you wish to attend Session One (Oct 30).


Oct 31, 2020 08:00 AM in Vancouver

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