UMAG Lecture Series: Re-examining Modernity and Contemporaneity through Chinese Art (2022/23) Nationalist Internationalism: International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935

Activity: Talks or PresentationsPublic Lecture


This presentation focuses on the International Exhibition of Chinese Art (1935) in London, which deployed art for public diplomacy and spoke a modern international language that embodied the rising awareness of national culture as promoted by the League of Nations. While the Republican government lacked the fundamental economic and military infrastructure critical for navigating the modern world, the alternative system of soft power and brand nationalism rooted in culture, tradition, and morality assumed the responsibility of communicating a unified image of China as a modern nation-state to the domestic and global audiences.
Period18 May 2022
Held atUniversity Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong