Objectifying China: Ming and Qing Dynasty Ceramics and their Influences Abroad

Why We Recommend it

This free exhibition explores how international trade in ceramics dramatically altered the course of Asian and European art, and how it spread styles, forms and manufacturing technologies throughout the world.


A collective effort of the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG),  Robert Black College, the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Objectifying China dives into the history and influence of Chinese porcelain around the world.

For thousands of years, China has provided the world with high quality porcelain. Elegant and resistant to heat and moisture, Chinese porcelain of various shapes and colours was eagerly sought and imitated by craftsmen across the globe.

From the sixth to twentieth centuries, Chinese kilns produced everything from magnificent display pieces for the imperial court to vast quantities of bowls and dishes intended for everyday use, as well as for export to Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world.

These exchanges dramatically altered the course of Asian and European art, producing objects prized for their exotic origins, superior technology and beauty.


When: 9 Dec 2017 - 27 Feb 2018 Where: The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) – 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam – Southern District