1 Jun 2023
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Join curators Jessica Harrison-Hall and Julia Lovell as they introduce the context, scope, themes and highlight objects of the extraordinary Citi exhibition, China's hidden century.
Between 1796 and 1912, Qing China endured numerous civil uprisings and foreign wars, with revolution ultimately bringing an end to some 2,000 years of dynastic rule and giving way to a modern Chinese republic. This period was also one of extraordinary creativity, driven by political, cultural and technological change. Amid the devastation, new art forms flourished, as Harrison-Hall and Lovell explain.
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About the speakers
Jessica Harrison-Hall is Head of the China Section, Curator of the Sir Percival David Collection and of Chinese Decorative Arts at the British Museum. She is currently co-leading, with Julia Lovell, a UKRI AHRC project, Cultural Creativity in Qing China, 1796–1912. They have edited two books – China's Hidden Century and Creators of Modern China 100 lives from empire to republic 1796-1912 (2023) – working with 100 scholars. She is also author of China: A History in Objects (2017) and is an expert on the Ming dynasty.
Julia Lovell is Professor of Modern Chinese History and Literature in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her many books include The Politics of Cultural Capital (2006), The Great Wall (2006), The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China (2011); Splendidly Fantastic: Architecture and Power Games in China (2012) and Maoism: A Global History (2019). She is currently co-investigator with the British Museum on an AHRC-funded project, Cultural Creativity in Qing China, 1796–1912.
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