Past Events and Programs

Connecting the Dots: Helpful Hints for Appreciating Chinese Painting


September 15, 2008, 5:30pm

TELUS Centre, Room 217/219 (second floor), 87 Ave and 111 St, Edmonton

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Designed as a complement to Brilliant Strokes: Chinese Paintings from the Mactaggart Art Collection, this informative lecture by Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, curator of Chinese painting from the Royal Ontario Museum and also curator of Brilliant Strokes, will give an overview of the fundamentals of Chinese painting. Discussed will be format, subject, technique, and function — all necessary elements that bring a painting to life. The audience will come away with a fuller and discriminating appreciation of what is really going on in a Chinese painting, the most important visual art form in Chinese culture.

Join us other events in the Experience China: Past and Present programming series from September 2008 to January 2009, in conjunction with Brilliant Strokes.





Chinese New Year Celebration and Open House


January 24, 2009
10am-5pm

TELUS Centre Atrium, 87 Ave and 111 St, Edmonton

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Come celebrate Chinese New Year and the closing of our exhibition Brilliant Strokes: Chinese Paintings from the Mactaggart Art Collection. Enjoy free activities for the whole family throughout the day:
  • 10am-5pm: Create paper lanterns and dragon masks, and learn the arts of Chinese calligraphy and painting
  • 11am: Lion dancing with the Jing Ying Martial Arts Association
  • 12pm, 2pm and 4pm: Behind-the-scenes tours of the Mactaggart Art Collection




18th Century China's Changing World View as Reflected in Art


November 25, 2008

5:30pm

TELUS Centre, Lecture Theatre (main floor), 87 Ave and 111 St, Edmonton

Detail of Print from the Conquests of the Emperor Qianlong
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Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, shares his expertise on scrolls.

European Jesuit missionaries introduced Western modes of representation into China in the late 16th century, but it was not until the founding of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1644-1911) that Europeans found avid patrons at court. The non-Chinese Manchus sought to present themselves as arcehtypal monarchs in all areas of Chinese and Manchu life: martial, religious, and cultural. To achieve this goal, they sponsored a synthesis of Chinese and Western painting that enabled them to fabricate new genres of imperial portraiture and commemorative art that were visually convincing.

Join us for other events in the Experience China: Past and Present programming series until January 2009, in conjunction with Brilliant Strokes.




Free Public Lecture: Creating the Mactaggart Art Collection: Insights from an Art-world Insider


January 22, 2009

5:30pm

TELUS Centre, Lecture Theatre (main floor), 87 Ave and 111 St, Edmonton

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World-renowned artist, art historian, and former Director of Chinese Paintings at Sotheby’s, Arnold Chang will provide insight into the creation of the Mactaggart Art Collection, the Chinese art market, and the relationships among collectors, museums, dealers, auction houses, and living artists.

Join us for a post-lecture reception.

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Traditional Chinese Painting Workshop


October 18, 2008, 10am

TELUS Centre, Room 134, 87 Ave and 111 St, Edmonton

Local artist Hao Zheng leads a 2 1/2 hour workshop designed to teach you he basics of traditional Chinese painting. The workshop fee is $20 and is payable by cash or cheque to the University of Alberta c/o the University of Alberta Museums at Ring House 1 on the U of A Campus, T6G E1. If the morning session fills up, an afternoon session will be added. Please call 780.492.5834 for more details.




University of Alberta Homecoming


September 20, 2008, 12pm

Gallery A, TELUS Centre, 87 Ave and 111 St, Edmonton

Happy Homecoming to all U of A Alumni. As a special treat, join us today for rare behind-the-scenes tours of the Mactaggart Art Collection at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.




Traditional Chinese Painting Workshop


January 24, 2009, 1pm-4pm

Celebrated artist Arnold Chang will reveal his passion for traditional Chinese painting, explore the process he uses in making his works, and instruct participants in a hands-on study of the materials and techniques of this enduring art form. All skill levels are welcome.

Workshop fee: $40 (includes all materials)

Email museums@ualberta.ca or call 780.492.5834 to register (space is limited).