Following the successful Part I on Works of Art and Part II on Ceramics, Part III focuses on Chinese paintings, from the Bei Shan Tang collection at Art Museum of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, to the art of Irene Chou at Asia Society Hong Kong. Through lectures, exhibition visits, market discussion and collector sharing, this course offers a concise guide to the auction houses, museums, key dealer and collector networks which shape Hong Kong as the international hub for Chinese art. This course includes an exclusive specialist-led viewing of the highlights of Chinese paintings on offer at Christie’s Hong Kong 2019 Autumn Auctions.
What you will learn
- An overview of the history of Chinese paintings collecting in Hong Kong from the late nineteenth century to the present, as well as its interaction with Chinese paintings collecting in the West
- The network of auction houses, museums, collectors and dealers that shapes Hong Kong as the international hub for Chinese paintings and calligraphy
- Connoisseurship and market insights by closely examining artworks offered in Christie's 2019 Autumn Auctions, under specialists' guidance
Saturday | 23 November
- Lecture -- Inspiring Collectors: Three Decades of Paintings in Hong Kong | Sara Mao
- Lecture -- Global Approaches to Collecting Chinese Painting: East Versus West Part I | Dr. Malcolm McNeill
- Lecture -- Exceptional Chinese Paintings Auctioned over the Past Decade | Dr. Malcolm McNeill
- Museum Visit
Sunday | 24 November
- Specialist-Led Guided Tour and Handling -- Paintings and the Market
- Lecture -- Global Approaches to Collecting Chinese Painting: East Versus West Part II | Dr. Malcolm McNeill
- Collection Visit
- Conversation with Collector
*Schedule and topics are subject to change.
Director, Christie’s Education Asia Pacific
Sara Mao is the Director for Christie’s Education in Asia Pacific, overseeing the development of programmes across Hong Kong, China, and South East Asia. Sara joined Christie’s in 2008 as a Junior Specialist Trainee, and in 2015, she was appointed Vice President, Specialist Head of Sale for Chinese Modern Paintings, focused on nurturing client relationships and securing consignments in Asia for auction and private sales.
Sara has curated over ten seasons of auctions for some of the most iconic paintings and important collections in the field. She was responsible for spearheading record-breaking sales of Fu Baoshi’s The Song of the Pipa Player for HKD204.8 million, and Zhang Daqian’s Ancient Temples Amidst Clouds for HKD102.4 million, in 2017. Sara is also an auctioneer for Christie’s, and supports numerous charity auctions, including Save the Children, Ronald McDonald House, Make a Wish Foundation, The National Kidney Foundation (SNG), and others.
After receiving her B.A. in Philosophy & English Literature at the University of York (UK), Sara acquired her Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School (UK) and a Master of Letters in History of Art and Connoisseurship, with a concentration in Chinese art, from Christie’s Education and the University of Glasgow.
Dr. Malcolm McNeill
Specialist, Chinese Paintings, Christie's London
Dr Malcolm McNeill is a Specialist in Chinese Paintings at Christie’s, based in London. He previously worked as an assistant curator of the Chinese collections and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, as a researcher at the British Museum, and as a translator and tour guide at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. He holds a PhD and MA from SOAS, University of London in the History of Chinese Painting, and a BA in Chinese studies from Cambridge University. Dr McNeill has previously lectured for Asia House in London, the Bath Museum of East Asian Art, Christie’s Education, the Courtauld, SOAS, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.