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Photo: Patrick Cho © Christie’s | Artwork: Luo Zhongli, Silent Snowfield, 1980s

Contemporary Asian Art: An Insider’s View

This program provides a broad spectrum of views into the world of contemporary Asian art. It provides art historical training that includes learning how to look and write about contemporary Asian art. With this as a foundation, we examine the market as a platform for contemporary art and the power of mega-art events and institutions to shift cultural landscapes. The final day will share meaningful ways to engage with contemporary Asian art, whether through careers or collecting. The teaching format includes seminars, site visits and discussions with industry experts. No prior experience in the arts is necessary, although we encourage active participation through group exercises, discussions and networking lunches.

Jointly taught and organized by the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Arts and Christie’s Education, this five-day program leverages the expertise of both institutions. The art historical portion of the program is conceived and delivered by the world-class faculty at the Fine Arts Department of the University of Hong Kong, while the art market-related component is developed by Christie’s Education. 

Date: 14 - 18 May 2018 (Monday - Friday)
Time: 10am - 5pm
Venue: The Universities of Hong Kong, Christie's Hong Kong and various locations


Yeewan Koon - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Glen Hardwick-Bruce - Programme Director, Christie’s Education, London
Roslyn Hammers - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Ja Won Lee - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Programme speakers are subject to change.


Monday, 14 May | How to Look at Art - Part I

The program begins with a series of seminars on how to look at modern and contemporary art. While these will focus on artists from the 20th century onwards, the emphasis will be on different approaches in looking at art. The aim is to equip participants with the tools necessary for analysis of works of art across different time periods and mediums. We end the day at Christie’s, where participants will experience object-based learning through handling works of art.

  • Introduction
  • Seminar: The Myth of the Modern
  • Seminar: Korean Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: How to Look at Art
  • Exercise: Object Analysis

Tuesday, 15 May | How to Look at Art – Part II

We continue with looking at art from different areas in Asia, with lectures about contemporary art created in China and Japan, as well as a case study. This is followed by a visit to an art archive to see first-hand the importance of having a comprehensive independent archiving platform to collect, preserve and make accessible important art publications and materials to facilitate future art history research.

  • Seminar: Chinese Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: Japanese Contemporary Art
  • Seminar: Contemporary Asian Art in Global Context:  A Case Study
  • Visit & Conversation: Art Archive

Wednesday, 16 May | Mapping Contemporary Art — Part I

We begin by having a group exercise on stylistic analysis, so that participants will have the opportunity to apply the approaches learned in the previous lectures. We will then explore the relationship between the artist and the curator, and hear first-hand about their ideas, methods and practice. We hope to also hear from someone in the Hong Kong government about the city’s motivations and ambitions in developing its cultural landscape, before heading to an art gallery to understand the evolving art business model.

  • Exercise: Stylistic Analysis
  • Panel: The Artist and the Curator
  • Conversation: Development of Hong Kong’s Cultural Landscape
  • Visit & Conversation: Art Gallery

Thursday, 17 May | Mapping Contemporary Art — Part II

This part of the program will focus on how the market shapes our understanding of contemporary art. We will look at the different aspects of the art market and how the various roles have changed in the past few decades. This is followed by a group exercise to better understand the different channels available in art collecting and a tour of one of the city’s newest art and heritage space. The day concludes with a visit to a corporate art collection, where we will hear about the curators’ visions and strategies.

  • Seminar: Mapping the Art Market
  • Exercise: What is the Best Place to Buy Art?
  • Visit: Art Space
  • Visit: Corporate Art Collection

Friday, 18 May | Art World Access 

The program concludes with a series of case studies on different ways to engage with the arts, whether through consulting by leveraging relevant expertise, or being an art collector, and supporting artists and institutions through patronage. At the networking lunch, participants can have the chance to chat with select speakers, program alumni, and others working within the industry. We finish with a series of reflections and a graduation ceremony to tie together the learnings of the week. A CV workshop will also be available to participants seeking career opportunities in the art world.

  • Visit & Conversation: Collector
  • Networking Lunch
  • Panel: Careers in the Art World
  • Conclusion & Graduation
  • CV Workshop (Optional)

Lectures, discussions, and materials will be in English.

Programme details are subject to change.

HK$25,000 Regular
HK$22,000 Early-Bird (payment by 13 April 2018)

Scholarship & Group Discount
Limited scholarship places available at HK$12,000, please apply on or before 6 Apirl 2018. Applicants must be able to demonstrate need and complete a short application. Successful applicants will be notified on 20 April 2018.
Special rates for group of 3 or more are also available. Please contact Ms Natalie Yip ( / +852 3917 4984) for more information. 


Ms. Natalie Yip ( / 3917 4984)

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