The photographer’s interest in nature and architecture and, above all, the Qing dynasty street scenes and people he met, continue to transmit the excitement and wonder of this early European traveller in a country and culture so far from his own. The exhibition records an abundance of impressions from areas of China that have undergone phenomenal amounts of social and economic change.
Dr Florian Knothe is Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Hong Kong.
Dr Knothe was educated at the University of London and the Johannes Gutenberg Universitat. He studies and teaches the history of decorative arts in the 17th and 18th centuries with particular focus on the social and historic importance of royal French manufacture. He is an expert on the early modern fascination with Chinoiserie and the way royal workshops and smaller private enterprises helped to create and cater to this long-lasting fashion.
Dr Knothe started his career at The Metropolitan Museum of Art focusing on European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. He then became the curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. There, he organised exhibition on East Meets West and lectured internationally on cross-cultural influences in art and workshop practices in Western Europe and East Asia.
Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others, including a complimentary glasses of white or red wine. This event is free of charge for our Student Members.
Please note that registration for this event must be made by 12.00pm, Monday, 2 December.