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February 25th, 1997
Ch'ing Ceramics To Be Focus Of Museum Symposium

"Ch'ing Ceramics: Acquisition and Transformation" is a symposium to be presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, April 12, 1997, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Five prominent scholars and curators will survey the history of collecting Chinese ceramics, including the role that 17th through early 20th-century collectors played in the aesthetic and technical development of Chinese ceramic production and display.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the installation, Solid Bone and Luminous Flesh: Ch'ing Dynasty Ceramics (1644-1911), on view in the Museum's Galleries of East Asian Art through July 31, 1997. The Ch'ing dynasty marked the beginning of the Manchu imperial reign. By the 1680s, potters associated with the imperial court had developed a technically sophisticated ceramic style. The majority of the highest quality porcelains were made at Ching-te-cheng in China's Kiangsi Province, the kiln favored by the Ch'ing emperors. Solid Bone and Luminous Flesh features works from Ching-te-ching finished in a variety of dazzling glazing techniques, as well as the work of provincial kilns.

Participants in "Ch'ing Ceramics: Acquisition and Transformation" are Rosemary E. Scott, Head of Museums, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, who will speak about "Ceramics for the Emperors"; Julia Curtis, Independent Scholar, presenting "From Literati Motifs to Imperial Propaganda: The Transformation of Early Ch'ing Porcelains"; Jan Stuart, Assistant Curator of Chinese Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art, will consider "Changing Contexts of Displays: Pedestals for Chinese Ceramics in China and the West"; Chuimei Ho, Adjunct Curator, Field Museum in Chicago, will discuss "I-hsing Wares in an Asian Perspective"; and Stephen Little, Pritzker Curator of Asian Art, Art Institute of Chicago, with "The T'ao shuo: The Influence of a Mid-Ch'ing Dynasty Text on Ceramic Collecting and Taste East and West."

Registration for the symposium is $20.00 for Museum Members, students and senior citizens; $30.00 for non-Members. Additional information and registration can be obtained by calling the Museum's Division of Education at (215) 684-7605.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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