We are delighted to present a guided tour of UMAG's exhibition, Monochrome Wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties (宋金元朝的單色釉瓷), with UMAG Director Yeung Chun-tong (楊春棠). Yeung obtained his BA and MPhil from HKU and has worked at UMAG for 35 years. He is Honorary Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department of HKU, teaching Chinese Material Culture and Museum Studies.
About the Exhibition
Monochrome Wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties 宋金元朝的單色釉瓷 (24 May to 25 November 2012)
The Song dynasty (960 – 1279) is an important period in art history that saw a breakthrough in ceramic production. It was during this time that a number of famous kilns were established in different parts of China. The products from each kiln demonstrated a style of their own. Some of their innovative traditions were passed on to the Yuan dynasty (1271 – 1368). Evidently, the monochromes made in these two dynasties are the result of a highly sophisticated ceramic technology.
The exhibition brings together 120 representative works selected from seven private collections as well as the University Museum collection. They were produced by the well-known kilns in Hebei, Henan, Shaanxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces. All show rich variations of white, blue, green and black glaze colours. Most of them are displayed to the public for the first time. A fully illustrated catalogue will be published.