Ming: 50 Years That Changed China

Craig Clunas, Rana Mitter, Clare Harris, Peter Ditmanson
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12:45 - 13:45
Radcliffe Humanities
Woodstock Road
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Seminar Room

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Lectures and seminars
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Craig Clunas, Professor of History of Art at the University of Oxford and co-curator of the British Museum's blockbuster exhibition 'Ming: 50 years that changed China', will discuss the exhibition with an interdisciplinary panel of academics and curators. They will be focusing particularly on the relationship between the exhibition and its catalogue, exploring how the exhibition is transposed to the page.


  • Rana Mitter (Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China)
  • Peter Ditmanson (Oriental Studies Lecturer in Chinese History)
  • Clare Harris (Professor of Visual Anthropology and Curator for Asian Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum)

About the exhibition:
Between AD 1400 and 1450, China was a global superpower run by one family – the Ming dynasty – who established Beijing as the capital and built the Forbidden City. During this period, Ming China was thoroughly connected with the outside world. Chinese artists absorbed many fascinating influences, and created some of the most beautiful objects and paintings ever made. From September 2014 - January 2015 The British Museum stages a major exhibition exploring this golden age in China’s history. This discussion will examine the relationship between the exhibition and its catalogue, and explore the curation principles behind the exhibition.