Lecture: “Chinoiserie: A Vision of the Far East from Europe, 13th-14th century”
by Margaret White
7pm, Tuesday 16 October 2012
82 Cairnhill Road, Singapore 229684
Chinoiserie as a decorative, artistic style was a term used to describe Europe’s fantasy vision of the Far East. This phenomenon commenced from the 13thand 14th centuries, as ancient explorers and travellers’ accounts, and the arrival of luxury goods, reached Europe. Silk, lacquer, ivory but especially blue and white porcelain, began a craze for all things ‘Chinese.’ This illustrated talk will trace the desire for chinoiserie through several revivals in succeeding centuries with examples from various countries. Throughout, ceramics remained in popular demand, both as export products and as wares being imitated and adapted by other countries.
Update, 3 December 2012: Click here to read a short synopsis of the talk.
About the Speaker: Margaret White
Margaret returned to Australia in 2011 after residing in Singapore for almost 20 years. During that time she was heavily involved in the rapidly evolving National Heritage Board Museums via the Friends of Museums, Singapore (FOM). Her passion for Asian art and culture grew in proportion to knowledge gained and spurred her to complete an MA in Southeast Asian art from the National University of Singapore. She held numerous positions in FOM, including head of Study Tours, the Committee of the Textile Enthusiasts and Docent Coordinator as well as President, and later Advisor. Guiding and lecturing enabled her to use her teaching background gained in Australia and the US. Representing Singapore as a speaker on volunteerism at several international conferences, Margaret has been recognised by the Ministry of information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) for her significant services to the community. Being a member of the Southeast Asian Ceramic Society (SEACS) fuelled another interest and led to a stint guiding the SEACS 40thanniversary ceramic exhibition at the National University Museum. Travelling extensively through Asia gives Margaret the excuse to indulge in her other loves – writing, sketching and painting. She is currently serving on the Management Committee of The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA).