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Chuan Lyu Lectures 2010

Chuan Lyu Lectures 2010

to be delivered by

Professor Yen Chuang-ying

Professor of Art History, Academia Sinica, Taipei

Monday, 17th May, 2010

5pm, Room 8/9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
(there will be a tea reception at 4:45pm in the Common Room of the Faculty)

[ poster ]

The conflict between innovation and tradition in classic temple architecture in Taiwan –
the metamorphosis of the great hall at Nanyao Temple in Zhanghua

During the Japanese colonial era, Nanyao Temple 南瑤宮 in Zhanghua 彰化 was known as one of the three most important places dedicated to Mazu 媽祖 throughout the island. This paper discusses the rise of Nanyao Temple in the Qing dynasty, and the successful promotion of the Mazu festivals for the benefits of local prosperity in the colonial period. On the main alter more than a dozen of Mazu imagery display the complex structure of various groups of local believers. The small sizes of these Mazu imagery signify the intimate relationship between Mazu and local believers. The conflict between the western and innovative style and the traditional style of architecture took place during 1910’s and 1930’s. This paper finally analyses the failure of western influences in this traditional Mazu temple


Wednesday, 19th May, 2010

5pm, Room B3 Institute of Criminology
(there will be a reception in the foyer after the talk)

[ poster ]

“Self-Portraits and Images of Women in Official Art Exhibitions and the Issue of Cultural Identity
during the Japanese Colonial Period in Taiwan”

The paper analyzes cultural identity in colonial Taiwan during the 1920's and 1930's through a study of self-portraits, family portraits, and images of women hung in official art exhibitions. The research focuses on the work of three painters: Chen Zhiqi 陳植棋 (1906-1931), Chen Jin 陳進 (1907-1998), and Li Shiqiao 李石樵 (1908-1995).


This year's speaker

Yen Chuang-ying is Professor of Art History, Academia Sinica. After undergraduate studies in Taiwan and doctoral studies at Harvard in the history of Chinese art, she has been an active member of the Institute of Philology and History at Academia Sinia in Taipei. Widely known for her research on Chinese Buddhist art, she has in recent years developed a new interest in Taiwan's art and architecture, a field of growing interest inside and outside of the country. She can justly be termed a founder of the disciple of the art history of Taiwan, and her lectures promise to show both the range of her interests in Taiwanese art and architecture as well as the novel approaches that the development of this new discipline is encouraging.


This lecture series is organised by the Department of East Asian Studies and supported by the Chuan Lyu Foundation.