The Hong Kong Palace Museum, at the West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to present the online Palace Museum Culture Lecture Series from April 2021 to May 2022, featuring leading experts from the Palace Museums in Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong. Highlighting exchanges, dialogues, and sharing of academic prowess from the three museums, the lecture series introduces the distinctive expertise of Palace Museum scholars to the public, bringing Palace Museum culture to life. Reaching out to local and non-local audiences including Mainland China, Taiwan, and overseas, the lecture series also demonstrates the Hong Kong Palace Museum’s vision to foster understanding and appreciation of Chinese art and culture globally.

The lecture series will be presented in three instalments. The first instalment will be held online on 10 April, 8 May, and 12 June 2021. The second and third instalments of the series will be held in late 2021 and early 2022 respectively.

In the inaugural online public lectures, the current and former deputy directors of the three Palace Museums, including Ms Ren Wanping, Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Beijing, Mr Ho Chuan-hsing, Former Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Taipei, and Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum will be invited to discuss the variety, essence, and importance of Chinese art and culture, with topics ranging from the architecture of the Forbidden City to the art collections and culture of the imperial court.  Details are as follows:

“Entering the Palace Museum: Reading Traditional Culture in the Forbidden City” On 10 April 2021, Ms Ren Wanping, Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Beijing, will invite the audience to travel in time and space to explore the history and culture of the Forbidden City. Topics include architecture of the Forbidden City, the naming of places, and the collection of the Palace Museum.

“The Birth of Masterpieces of Calligraphy and Painting: A Case Study of Mi Fu’s On Szechwan SilkOn 8 May 2021, Mr Ho Chuan-hsing, Former Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Taipei, will take a closer look at On Szechwan Silk by Mi Fu, one of the four masters of the Northern Song dynasty. He will elaborate on the key factors in the birth of calligraphy and painting masterpieces through a discussion of the painting’s creation, contents, and dissemination, as well as educational activities such as exhibitions, research, and publications.

“Royal Love: Women and Masterpieces” On 12 June 2021, Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum, will explore the role of women in the formation of masterpieces in the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Important works, such as The Nymph of the Luo River, and The Late Autumn Letter in Running Script, will be examined from new perspectives.

Programme Details:

Zoom 1: “Entering the Palace Museum: Reading Traditional Culture in the Forbidden City”
Date: Saturday 10 April 2021
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. (Hong Kong time)
Format: Online
Platform: Zoom
Speaker: Ren Wanping, Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Beijing
Language: Putonghua, with simultaneous interpretation in English and Cantonese
Fee: Free admission
Zoom 2: “The Birth of Masterpieces of Calligraphy and Painting: A Case Study of Mi Fu’s On Szechwan Silk
Date: Saturday 8 May 2021
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. (Hong Kong time)
Format: Online
Platform: Zoom
Speaker: Ho Chuan-hsing, Former Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Taipei
Language: Putonghua, with simultaneous interpretation in English and Cantonese
Fee: Free admission
Zoom 3: “Royal Love: Women and Masterpieces”
Date: Saturday 12 June 2021
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. (Hong Kong time)
Format: Online
Platform: Zoom
Speaker: Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum
Language: Putonghua, with simultaneous interpretation in English and Cantonese
Fee: Free admission

Biography of the Speakers:

Ms Ren Wanping, Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Beijing
Ren Wanping is Deputy Director and Lead Curator of the Palace Museum, Beijing. A leading expert on the political system, rituals, and customs of the Qing dynasty, Ren has served as a member of the National Qing Dynasty History Compilation Committee and Vice Chair of the Chinese Museums Association. Her scholarly contributions have been recognized nationally. Ren is a special guest on the primetime TV programme National Treasure on China Central Television. She has curated a number of major special exhibitions, including “Dragon and Phoenix: Qing Imperial Weddings”, “The Qing Imperial Birthday Celebrations (1644–1911)”, “Celebrating the Lunar New Year inside the Forbidden City”, and the recent exhibition on architecture “Everlasting Splendour: Six Centuries at the Forbidden City”. She has published numerous monographs and journal articles, and lectured at museums and universities to promote public understanding of Chinese traditional culture.
Mr Ho Chuan-hsing, Former Deputy Director of the Palace Museum, Taipei
Mr Ho Chuan-Hsing joined the Palace Museum, Taipei in 1983, working as Curator and, later, Director of the Department of Painting and Calligraphy. From 2012 to 2016 he served as Incumbent General-affairs Deputy Director. He specializes in the history of Chinese painting and calligraphy, research in painting and calligraphy connoisseurship, and exhibition curation. He has curated and contributed to exhibitions including “Emperor’s Treasures: Chinese Art from the Palace Museum, Taipei” (San Francisco, 2016), “The Ten Premiering Exhibitions of Palace Museum, Taipei, Southern Branch”, “Treasured Masterpieces from the Palace Museum, Taipei” (Tokyo, Kyushu, 2014), “The All Complete Qianlong: A Special Exhibition on the Aesthetic Tastes of the Qing Emperor Gaozong” (2013), “Dwelling in the Fu-ch’un Mountains (Wu-yung Version)” (2011), “Dynastic Renaissance Art and Culture of Southern Song” (2010), “Masterpieces of Chin and T’ang Dynasty Calligraphy” (2008), and “Grand View: Special Exhibition of Northern Sung Painting and Calligraphy” (2007). In 2016 he published a monograph, titled The Birth of Masterpieces: The Collection, Research, and Exhibition of Palace Museum’s Painting and Calligraphy, in which he explored masterpieces from the perspectives of “Fate, Fortune, and Calligraphy of Scholars”, “Tastes of the Emperors”, and “Discussions about Special Exhibitions”.
Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang, Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum
Dr Daisy Yiyou Wang is the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Palace Museum. Wang is responsible for the museum’s exhibition, research, collection, publication, learning and public engagement programmes. She has served as the Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Chinese Art Specialist at the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler. She has contributed to a dozen Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art exhibition projects. With Jan Stuart, Wang co-curated the exhibition ‘Empresses of China’s Forbidden City’ and co-edited the publication, which was merited with the Smithsonian Secretary’s Research Prize in 2019. This exhibition was named ‘the Best Thematic/Historical Show’ in 2018 by the Boston Globe and ‘the Most Influential International Exhibition from Chinese Museums’ in 2019 by the China Art Exhibition Center. A specialist of the history of collecting, lacquer, Qing imperial portraiture, and the history of photography in China, Wang has published internationally. Wang is a recipient of a Getty Museum Leadership Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, and a Smithsonian Valuing World Cultures Award.

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About Hong Kong Palace Museum
The Hong Kong Palace Museum aspires to become one of the world’s leading cultural institutions committed to the study and appreciation of Chinese art and culture, while advancing dialogue among world civilizations through international partnerships. Located at the western tip of the West Kowloon Cultural District, with sweeping views of the city’s iconic Victoria Harbour, the museum is scheduled to open in mid-2022. Embracing new curatorial approaches, the museum will offer a Hong Kong perspective and a global vision, presenting the finest objects from the Palace Museum and other leading cultural institutions around the world. It is a collaborative project between the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Palace Museum. The capital cost of the museum is fully funded by a donation of HK$3.5 billion from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

About the West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour. With a varied mix of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and cultural events, providing twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.