Three-Day Conference

Asian Art in the World

Historical Influences on Culture and Society

November 2022 - Lisbon - Portugal

24TH NOV - FUNDAÇÃO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN

25TH NOV - MUSEU DO ORIENTE

26TH NOV - MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE ANTIGA


The principal aim of this three-day conference (to be held in November 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal), will be to highlight the important contribution made by Asia to world art and universal civilisation, from the remote ages of the Silk Road, and its land and sea routes, to the modern age of globalisation.

It is hoped that guest speakers, including academics and museum curators will present comprehensive or partial perspectives of the strong and enduring ties, not to mention the links, established among the various regional Asian cultures present at any one time in history. These include the economic and cultural bonds that every single one of them forged with the Western cultures they came across, commencing from the period of the Roman Empire until the end of the Middle Ages and then from the first globalisation to the present day.

Finally, it is our intention to show the huge prestige afforded to the many artistic cultures of Asia in the Western world. This was based primarily on admiration for their outstanding technical skills as seen in the use of a variety of materials, some of them unknown in the West, but also on general acknowledgment of the exemplary capacity to imaginatively reinvent motifs, narratives and symbolisms shown in these works of art, not to mention the many scenarios and rituals underlying those artistic manifestations, ranging from the visual and decorative arts to the performing arts.


Speakers

Jorge Santos Alves, Professor at the Catholic University Portugal
PORTUGAL
Cristina Castel Branco, PhD, University of Lisbon, School of Agronomy
PORTUGAL
Valentina Bruccoleri, PhD, Researcher, Ca’ Foscari University
ITALY
Francisco Capelo, Private Collector
PORTUGAL
Francisco Clode, Director of DRAC Madeira
ILHA DA MADEIRA

Alexandra Curvelo, Associate Professor at the Nova University of Lisbon
PORTUGAL
Maureen Cassidy Geiger, Curator and Scholar in European decorative arts
USA

Jessica Hallett, Senior Curator, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
PORTUGAL
Tianlong Jiao, Head Curator of Hong Kong Palace Museum
HONG KONG

Christiaan Jorg, Professor Emeritus at the Univeristy of Leiden
THE NETHERLANDS

Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos, Director of the Museum of the Presidency in Lisbon
PORTUGAL
Brigitte Nicolas, Chief Curator of the Musée des Compagnies des Indes
FRANCE

Sonia Ocãna, Professor at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco
MEXICO
Alexandre Nobre Pais, Director of the Tile Museum in Lisbon
PORTUGAL

Fernando António Baptista Pereira, President of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
PORTUGAL

William Sargent, Independent Scholar – Ex-Curator of the Peabody Essex Museum
USA
Nuno Senos, Associate Professor at the Nova University
PORTUGAL


Programme

Detailed programme to be announced soon on the conference's website.


Sponsors
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Fundação Oriente
Barta & Partner
Sapientia Foundation

Supported by
Apollo
Fundação Medeiros e Almeida
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Orientations
The Art Newspaper