Exhibition on Chinese and European Porcelain and Their Cultural Exchanges Opens in Shanghai Museum


The exhibition West Encounters East: A Cultural Conversation between Chinese and European Ceramics opened in the Shanghai Museum on October 28, 2021.

In the exhibition co-hosted with the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques – Guimet, the Shanghai Museum presents 206 pieces (sets) of artifacts from over 10 world-renown museums and collection institutes from 7 countries, namely France, Portugal, the UK, the Netherlands, the U.S., Swiss and China. Ceramics act as the evidence to demonstrate the conversation between the East and the West in the early globalization with a brand-new view.

The exhibition is divided into three units. In the unit “Transportation between China and the West”, the exported porcelain outlines the trade and exchanges between China and Europe from the 16th to the 18th century in time dimension and the development of sea routes and traffic networks in space dimension. “Fusion between China and the West” shows in detail how Chinese porcelain was integrated into and helped to shape European daily life, aesthetic taste, decoration and design, and fashion trends. The communication and combination between China and the West in application, aesthetic and design is presented through oil paintings, glazed European porcelain, modified objects, or porcelain for display. “Encounter between China and the West” presents the integration of art and craft brought about by the trade and exchanges. By comparing overseas imitations of Chinese porcelain and porcelain made in China with inspirations from overseas, the exhibition presents the mutual learning of kiln technologies between the East and the West, illustrating Chinese contribution to the world in terms of craftsmanship. Meanwhile, the concepts and thoughts behind the patterns are explored through the exotic imaginings from the porcelain on display.

The exhibition will last till January 16, 2022.

Photo Credit: Shanghai Museum

Source: Shanghai Museum