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Connecting Art Histories: A Comparative Reflection on Islamic and East Asian Ceramic Art’s Display Philosophy

Release time:2017-6-8 11:30:56

Speaker: Dr. Valerie Gonzalez

Date: 15 February 2017, Wednesday

Time: 4:30pm-6pm

Venue: Arts and Humanities Hub (G24), Fung King Hey Building

Language: English

Islamic art; Asian art; aesthetics; museology; museum design; museum architecture; philosophy of display; global culture; cultural identity; comparative study.

Today the question of how to display traditional arts in contemporary museums and galleries constitutes a strong politico-cultural currency as they fashion national identities participating in the global multicultural construct. The recent creation of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha illustrates this phenomenon of cultural representativeness. My paper focuses on comparing installations of Islamic and East Asian ceramics respectively in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Leeum Samsung Museum in Seoul. Critical issues of museology will be discussed such as the tension between didacticism and aesthetics or the competitive relationship between architecture, design and art in the space of display.

About the speaker:
Valerie Gonzalez is a specialist of Islamic art history, aesthetics and visual culture. She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Provence Aix-Marseille in Islamic Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Fine Arts, Marseille-Luminy. Her research addresses key issues in Islamic artistic creation of past and present such as figurality, abstraction, pictorial metaphysics or the philosophy of ornament. Her work relies on an interdisciplinary methodology ranging from art criticism and theory, aesthetic phenomenology and philosophy to linguistic, as well as the comparison with other arts. She also writes critical texts for contemporary artists of Muslim heritage and/or interested in Islamic aesthetics.