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Islamic Chinoiserie by Yuka Kadoi

  • Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall HKUST (map)
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About the Talk

The Mongol invasion in the thirteenth century marked a new phase in the development of Islamic art. Trans-Eurasian exchanges of goods, people and ideas were encouraged on a large scale under the auspices of the Pax Mongolica. With the fascination of portable objects brought from China and Central Asia, a distinctive, hitherto unknown style - Islamic chinoiserie - was born in the art of Iran.

This illustrated lecture offers a fascinating glimpse into the artistic interaction between Iran and China under the Mongols. By using rich visual materials from various media of decorative and pictorial arts - textiles, ceramics, metalwork and manuscript painting - it demonstrates the process of adoption and adaptation of Chinese themes in the art of Mongol-ruled Iran. The observation of this unique artistic phenomenon serves to promote the understanding of the artistic diversity of Islamic art in the Middle Ages.

Co-organized by the HKUST Center for Education Innovation, the HKUST Center for the Arts and the HKUST Library, this event is one of the "Silk Road" Talks of the HKUST Arts Festival 2018.

About the Speaker

Yuka Kadoi, PhD, is an art historian with the expertise in the art and material culture of the Persian cultural world after the seventh century. She is the author and editor of numerous publications, including Islamic Chinoiserie (2009; paperback, 2018; Chinese edition, forthcoming); The Shaping of Persian Art (2013); Arthur Upham Pope and A New Survey of Persian Art (2016); and Persian Art: Image-making in Eurasia (2018). She has curated several exhibitions, including a major loan exhibition of Persian art at the Liang Yi Museum, entitled "The Blue Road: Mastercrafts from Persia" (20 March - 24 June 2018). 

Language: English


Free admission
All are welcome
No admission under the age of 6
Walk-ins welcome

Co-organized by the HKUST Center for Education Innovation, Center for the Arts and Library

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