Ding, Yuhua: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
Tradition and Transformation: on the Collecting Practice of Chinese Painting in the Early Twentieth Century
Project Abstract: 
The collapse of the Qing empire forced a reinvention of antique collecting in China, including acceptance of non-traditional collectors, adoption of modern conceptions of the collectable objects, and exploration of modernist tastes in collecting. Far from suggesting widespread decline or resistance towards traditionalism, collecting practice of Chinese painting challenged the dominant perspective of a radicalized early modern Chinese society by continuing to respect traditional Chinese philosophical and historical artistic approaches. The aim of my research is to shed light on how modern collectors adapted tradition to new collecting practices, ultimately better framing the context for contemporary collection practices.