Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • The Battle for Art: Modeling the National Exhibition in Republican-era China, 1910-1937
  • Lecture
  • 1/31/2013
  • 16:00-17:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Center for East Asian Studies
Event Description
Efforts to strengthen and promote the idea of a contemporary Chinese art world in the first half of the 20th century were manifest prominently in the organization of large-scale national art exhibitions. However, the question remained: whose art world was it? SMA Curator of Asian and Global Contemporary Art Kris Ercums examines the development of the national exhibition model through four key art events. These exhibitions demonstrate the competitive atmosphere that emerged between official government-sponsored exhibitions and alternate unofficial artist-led exhibitions.