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Online Event

Ting Yin Yung, Pierre Ryckmans and Australia

Date:  30 Nov 2022 - 30 Nov 2022

UMAG Lecture Series: Reconsidering Chinese Art (2022/23)
Ting Yin Yung, Pierre Ryckmans and Australia


Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Time: 1:00 pm–2:30 pm (HKT)
Mode of delivery: Online via Zoom, registration required ​
Language: English


Speaker: Prof. Claire Roberts | Associate Professor of Art History and Curatorship, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
Host: Dr Florian Knothe | Director, University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong


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This talk will consider the friendship between Belgian born art historian and sinologist Pierre Ryckmans (1935–2014) and the Hong Kong based artist Ting Yin Yung (1902–1978) and the important role that Ting’s approach to art played in the development of Ryckmans’ understanding of brush and ink painting and transcultural artistic practice more generally. The two men were colleagues at the New Asia College, Hong Kong, in the 1960s, prior to Ryckmans’ departure in 1970 to take up an academic position at the Australian National University. They reconnected in Melbourne in 1976 at an exhibition Ryckmans helped organise, one of four successful exhibitions held at East & West Art gallery.



Claire Roberts is an art historian and curator with an interest in modern and contemporary Chinese art, and the cultural flows between Australia and Asia. She is Associate Professor of Art History and Curatorship in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her current research explores the international context of modern and contemporary Chinese art. Claire’s most recent books are Fairweather and China (2021), Ian Fairweather: A Life in Letters, edited with John Thompson (2019), Photography and China (2013) and Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong (2010).

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