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Prof. Fong Fong CHEN

Ph.D. Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
B.A. Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Assistant Professor and MA in Curating and Art History Associate Programme Director

Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industries Lingnan University

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fongfongchen@ln.edu.hk

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Dr Chen Fong-fong teaches Chinese art history in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University. She earned her Ph.D. in Chinese art history from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and her M.A. in Humanities from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. When she was a doctoral candidate, she was a visiting doctoral student at the University of Oxford, and a visiting scholar and J.S. Lee Memorial Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). She was previously an associate curator at the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) at the University of Hong Kong and interned at M+ and the CUHK Art Museum. Before joining Lingnan University, she was a lecturer in the Department of History at the Hong Kong Baptist University and her teaching engaged with archaeology, museum studies and cultural heritage.

Chen researches the history and theory of Chinese art, particularly Chinese painting and calligraphy. Her current research centers on representations of women and fashion in China from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries across mediums. Other research interests include photography, the transnational history of Chinese art, museum studies and Hong Kong art. Chen is interested in the interdisciplinary study and cross-cultural understanding of Chinese art and museums. Her research findings have been presented in numerous international conferences, public talks, and guest lectures, and published in Ming-Qing Yanjiu, edited volumes, and exhibition catalogues. Her curatorial practice has included “Multiple Encounters” in collaboration with Yang Fudong (BAMPFA, 2014), “Tradition to Contemporary: Ink Painting and Artistic Development in 20th-Century China” (UMAG, 2018), and “Silent Voices” (1a Space, 2020).

With funding support from the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, she has recently started a new research project on Hong Kong landscapes and the art of Qing loyalists.

  • Research Interests

    Chinese painting and calligraphy, Qing court art, fashion history, gender and sexuality, museum studies, Hong Kong art, world’s fairs
  • Recent Research Projects

    • The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust (2020/2021)

  • Representative Publications

    Peer-reviewed Publications

    • "Xinzhuang banjiu: Wu Youru hua zhong de shizhuang shinü 新妝半舊——吳友如畫中的時妝士女” (Envisioning the New from the Old Look: Pictures of Fashionable Women by Wu Youru). In Kanjian yu chupeng xingbie: Jin xiandai zhongguo yishushi yanjiu xin shiye 看見與觸碰性別:近現代中國藝術史研究新視野 (Seeing and Touching Gender: New Perspectives on Modern Chinese Art), edited by Yu-Chih Lai, Dorothy Ko, and Aida Yuen Wong, 148–182. Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2020.

    • “Zhu Da ‘Ge Shan xiaoxiang’ yu Ming-Qing wenren fengshang 朱耷「个山小像」與明清文人風尚” (Zhu Da’s ‘Ge Shan Portrait’ and Literati Culture in the Ming and Qing Periods). Mingqing yanjiu 20, no. 1(2016): 109-134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/24684791-12340006


    Non-peer-reviewed Publications

    Articles
    • “The Everyday and the Core: Lin Xue's Untitled Drawings 日常與核心 ——林穴的無題畫.” Leap: The International Art Magazine of Contemporary China 22, no. 4 (September 2013).(http://www.leapleapleap.com/2013/09/日常与核心-林穴的无题画/?lang=zh-hans)


    Book Chapters

    • “A Visual Arts Carnival about Horses 「馬」到成功:以馬為主題的香港藝術嘉年華.” In Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook 2008 香港視覺藝術年鑑 2008, edited by Chan Yuk-keung and Wan Chui-ki Maggie. Hong Kong: Department of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2009.


    Exhibition Catalogues

    • “Xichun tu juan嬉春圖卷”(Entertainments in Spring), “Qinghua tingyuan shinü tu wan 青花庭園仕女圖碗”(Bowl with Ladies in Garden in Underglaze Blue) In Transcending Transience: Art and Culture of Late-Ming Jiangnan 浮世清音:晚明江南藝術與文化, edited by Maggie Wan and Jiang Fangting, cat. 2.6 and 2.7. Hong Kong: The Department of Fine Arts and the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2021.

    • “Nong hua xiang man yi: Shinü hua zhong de ‘Luofu Xiangying’ tu 弄花香滿衣——仕女畫中的「羅浮香影」圖”. In The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Painting II 北山汲古:中國繪畫(下冊), edited by Harold Mok, 404-407. Also see “Caressing Flowers Steeped My Clothes in Fragrance: ‘Fragrant Shadows at Luofu’ in Female Figure Paintings.” In The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Painting (Supplementary Catalog), edited by Harold Mok, 47-50. Hong Kong: Department of Fine Arts and the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2019.

    • Tradition to Contemporary: Ink Painting and Artistic Development in 20th-Century China, cat. 1–79, 38–233. Hong Kong: University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 2018.

    • The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Chinese Calligraphy 北山汲古——中國書法, cat. 22, 24, 28. Hong Kong: The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2014.

    • Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting, cat. 1-17 and cat. 19-26, 50–87, 94–113. Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2013.

    • (Co-author). “Three Album Leaves about the Drama ‘The Lute’ (Pipa ji 琵琶記).” In The Perfect Brush: Chinese Painting 1300-1900/ Der perfekte Pinsel: chinesische Malerei 1300-1900, edited by Clarrisa von Spee and Adele Schlombs, cat. 24, 104-110. Köln: Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, 2010.


  • Curatorial Practice

    • Curator, “Transcending the Gongbi Tradition: Contemporary Hong Kong Fine-Brush Painters,” presented by Hongkong Land, The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong, 26 April to 22 May 2022.
      E-catalogue and virtual display: https://lnkd.in/guiRxq8R
      Selected Media Coverage

    • Curator, “Silent Voices,” 1a Space, co-organized by HKBU Department of History and 1a Space, 17-31 December 2020.

    • Curator, “Tradition to Contemporary: Ink Painting and Artistic Development in 20th-century China,” University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 24 Aug.–25 Nov. 2018.

    • Curator, “Ying Tianqi: What Remains in Ruins,” University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 16 Jun.–27 Aug. 2017.

    • Curator (in collaboration with Yang Fudong), “Multiple Encounters,” University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 6 Nov. 2013–16 Feb. 2014.

    • Curatorial Fellow, “Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting,” University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 25 Sept.–22 Dec. 2013.

    • Invited Guest Curator, “Gazing through the Surface Beauty: Tales of Old Shanghai and Works of Austrian Painter Friedrich Schiff”, presented by The Austrian Consulate General, Hong Kong, Hong Kong City Hall Low Block, 10–21 Mar. 2011.