Professor Peter Lam (林業強教授) will lead us on a trip to Taipei for the exhibition, "Emperor Kangxi and the Sun King Louis XIV: Sino-Franco Encounters in Arts and Culture (康熙大帝與太陽王路易十四特展)". We shall view some of the most iconic pieces associated with these two imperial personages. Although separated by a vast distance, they shared a love of beauty and used the resources they have at their disposal to create beautiful objects for their enjoyment.
The National Palace Museum in Taipei (NPM) has one of the greatest collections of Chinese cultural artifacts in the world. Many of the treasures came from the Chinese mainland, especially from Beijing during the time of tumultuous social changes. Since its founding, the NPM has grown in collection and scope, including research, preservation, education, cultural exchange and public service.
We are very privileged to have as our guest lecturer, Professor Peter Y.K. Lam. A graduate from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Peter Lam is an art historian as well as a museum professional. His scholarly works on Chinese ceramics, calligraphy rubbings and the decorative arts are widely published. He began his museum career at the Urban Council City Hall Museum and Art Galleries in the early 1970’s working under James Watt, who founded the Art Museum at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. After a very short period at the City Hall, he joined the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has been there for the past thirty-nine years and is currently its Director/Professor. Peter Lam is a long time member of the Min Chiu Society, a prestigious collectors’ club in Hong Kong, a council member of the Chinese Society of Ancient Ceramics in Beijing, and Honorary Fellow of the Palace Museum, Beijing, and a former chairman of the Archaeological Committee of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Hong Kong SAR Government.
The trip is now full. We are grateful to members for their enthusiastic participation which gives our committee a greater incentive to plan for more exciting trips in the future. Thank you!