Contemporary Asian Art: An Insider’s View

art(Front) William Lim, 54:10: Artist’s table, 2011 (Right) Lam Tung-Pang, The Huge Mountain, 2011. Courtesy of Living Collection.

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 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 through collecting. The aim of this seminar series is to equip participants with the tools to navigate the art world. Class 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 the two 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 market-related portion is developed by Christie’s Education. 

Date: 15 - 19 May 2017 (Monday - Friday)

Time: 10am - 5pm

Venue: Run Run Shaw Tower, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam


Yeewan Koon - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Elaine Kwok - Director, Christie’s Education, Asia
Roslyn Hammers - Associate Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong
Kathleen Wyma - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

Program speakers are subject to change.


Monday, 15 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 the seminars will be anchored in Chinese artists from the 20th century onwards, the emphasis will be on approaches in looking at art, with the aim of equipping participants with tools for analysis of works of art across different time periods and mediums. We will visit an artist studio, and hear firsthand about artists’ ideas, methods, and practice.

  • Program Introduction
  • The Myth of the Modern
  • The Lure of the Modern
  • How to talk about art: Techniques of looking and writing
  • Chinese Contemporary Art
  • Visit: Artist Studio

Tuesday, 16 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 Japan and India. The afternoon will include an exercise on stylistic analysis, so participants will have the opportunity to apply the approaches learned in the previous two days, before heading to an art gallery to look at original works of art and installation methods.

  • Japanese Contemporary Art
  • Indian Contemporary Art
  • Group Exercise: Stylistic Analysis
  • Visit: Art Gallery

Wednesday, 17 May | Contemporary Art Markets

Day three is about how the market shapes our understanding of contemporary art. We begin by looking at the different aspects of the art market, and how the various roles have changed in the past few decades. The afternoon begins with a group exercise to better understand the different channels available in art collecting. The day concludes with conversations with a top art fair director and a gallerist on their respective business models.

  • Mapping the Contemporary Art Market
  • How to be an Auctioneer
  • Group Exercise: What is the best place to buy art?
  • Conversation: Fair Director

Thursday, 18 May | Institutions in the Art World

On the fourth day we will examine non-profit enterprises, whether they be national museums, small-scale alternatives spaces, and city-wide biennales. Christie’s experts will analyze the different attributes that determine the value of a work of art, and explain how auctions work. A visit to one of the city’s top institutions concludes the day, where we will hear from the Executive Director on the museum’s vision and strategy.

  • Institutions in the Art World
  • What is a Biennale
  • The Auction House
  • The Museum

Friday, 19 May | Art Matters

The program concludes with a series of case studies on different ways to pursue a passion in the arts. There will be a discussion with practitioners at different stages of their careers in the arts, offering perspectives from both the commercial and academic sectors. We will also hear from people who engage with the arts in other ways, whether through consulting by leveraging relevant expertise, or being an art collector, and supporting artists and institutions through patronage. We finish with a series of reflections and a graduation ceremony to tie together the learnings of the week.

  • Visit & Conversation: Collector
  • Panel: Careers in the Art World
  • Group Exercise: Reflections & Conclusions
  • Graduation Ceremony

Program details are subject to change.

Seminars, discussions, and program materials will be in English.

Letter of attendance will be issued to participants who attend all sessions.

HK$25,000 Regular
HK$22,000 Early-Bird (payment by 14 April 2017)

Scholarship & Group Discount
Limited scholarship places available at HK$9,000; applicants must be able to demonstrate need and complete a short application. Special rates for group of 3 or more are also available. Please contact Mr Cyrus Chan ( / +852 3917 4984) for more information. 

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