Conference: Then and Now – Collecting Art and Exhibiting Cultures in Asia (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Date of event:   20/05/2021 − 21/05/2021

Title: Then and Now: Collecting Art and Exhibiting Cultures in Asia
Format: In person and online through ZOOM
Duration: 20-21 May 2021 (Thursday & Friday, UTC+8 Hong Kong time)
Organized by: Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

You are invited to attend the Then and Now: Collecting Art and Exhibiting Cultures in Asia conference, which will be held at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and via Zoom on 20-21 May 2021.

The conference explores of collecting and exhibition practices in different sites of cultural production where our imagining of Asia takes place. It has attracted about 20 scholars, curators and research students from round the world to present their recent research from both local and cross-cultural perspectives in Asia that contribute to art collecting, exhibition-making and the rewriting of their histories in Asia. The conference seeks to reveal how collectors, curators, educators, collection archivists and policymakers from Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore and other Asian cities deal with art, collections and relevant cultural institutions. The conference will also highlight the role of these actors in shaping the practice of art collecting and the historical discourse of exhibitions that span from the ancient times to the contemporary period.

Conference Convenors

  • Prof. Michelle Huang, Head and Associate Professor, Department of Visual Studies
  • Prof. Selina Ho, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Studies

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Sarah E. FRASER, Professor of Chinese Art History; Head of Institute, institute of East Asian Art, History Heidelberg University
  • Dr Yu Jin SENG, Senior Curator, The National Gallery Singapore

For Conference Programme and information about panel speakers please visit here, and for online registration please see here. Please register before 15 May 2021, 23:59 HKT. For any inquiries please call or +852 2616 7517 or email