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Our Recent Webinar with the Cleveland Museum of Art is Now Online


From a Land of Pestilential Vapors to Paradise on Earth, an Introduction to Treasures from the Yangzi Delta at the Cleveland Museum of Art
Zoom Webinar held on November 14, 2023

In collaboration with The Cleveland Museum of Art, this fascinating webinar explored the recently opened exhibition, China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, on view at the museum through January 7, 2024.

Moderated by Dessa Goddard, Vice-President, US Head of the Asian Art Group at Bonhams and former Chairman of Asia Week New York, this Zoom webinar was presented by guest speaker Dr. Clarissa Von Spee, the James and Donna Reid Curator of Chinese Art and Interim Curator of Islamic Art, Chair of Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum.

Curated by Dr. von Spee, this is the first exhibition in the West to focus on the artistic production and cultural impact of a region called Jiangnan, located in the coastal area south of the Yangzi River. Dr. von Spee illustrated how this region gained a leading role in China’s artistic production and how it succeeded in setting cultural standards through her research and insights on the exhibited works. Art from Jiangnan—home to such great cities as Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Nanjing, as well as to hilly picturesque landscapes interspersed with rivers and lakes—has defined the image of traditional China for the world.

Click here to watch the webinar.