China in Australasia: Cultural Diplomacy and Chinese Arts since the Cold War, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China in Australasia

Cultural Diplomacy and Chinese Arts since the Cold War, 1st Edition

Edited by James Beattie, Richard Bullen, Maria Galikowski

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224 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Drawing on expertise in art history, exhibition studies and cultural studies as well as politics and international relations, China in Australasia presents significant new perspectives on the role of art in the cultural diplomacy of the People’s Republic of China.

The book tells the forgotten story of the loan, exchange, and gifting of Chinese art, museum exhibitions—and the use of Chinese arts more broadly—in growing diplomatic relations with Australia and New Zealand, from 1949 to the present day. Its scope includes pre-modern, modern and contemporary sculpture, painting and peasant art, as well as ancient artefacts, performance arts and gardens. In considering the geopolitical connections opened by the arts, this book presents new insights into some of the ways in which China, often in conjunction with local supporters, sought to present itself to the people of Australia and New Zealand. It also considers how, for their part, New Zealanders and Australians worked to expand understandings of their powerful northern neighbour within changing political contexts.

The first of its kind, this book-length interdisciplinary study of Chinese soft diplomacy in Australasia will be invaluable to students and scholars of Chinese studies, cultural diplomacy, museum studies and art history.

Reviews

This superbly coherent edited volume brings arts research into a fascinating and productive conversation with politics and history as it considers how arts from China have played a foundational role in shaping and altering understandings of China among those of us living in the Asia-Pacific region. William Peterson, Senior Lecturer, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University

Table of Contents

1. China and the Art of Cultural Diplomacy, Richard Bullen, James Beattie and Maria Galikowski

2. Better Late than Never: New Zealand and China, 1949–2016, Chris Elder

3. From Friendship to Fear? Australia–China relations, 1950s–2000s, Nicholas Thomas

4. Embracing Friendship through Gift and Exchange: Rewi Alley and the Art of Museum Diplomacy in Cold War China and New Zealand, James Beattie and Richard Bullen

5. Melbourne Mandarins: ‘Modern Chinese Painters’, 1974, Claire Roberts

6. ‘Imparting Experience’: The Huxian Peasant Painting Tour in New Zealand and Australia, Maria Galikowski

7. Artistic Activism, Cultural Diplomacy and Aotearoa New Zealand, Henry Johnson

8. Displaced Gardens as Sites of ‘Chineseness’: Design and Function, Duncan M. Campbell

9. White Rabbit, Contemporary Chinese Arts, and Soft Power in Chippendale, David Bell

10. Soft Power and the Role of Art in the Development of Taiwan–Mainland China Relations, Sophie McIntyre

About the Editors

James Beattie is Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. As well as his work on Chinese art collecting, James is an environmental historian, researching ecological exchange, gardens, conservation, health, landscape art and history of science.

Richard Bullen is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he teaches Japanese art history and art theory.

Maria Galikowski is Senior Lecturer in Chinese at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the cultural and social transformation of Reform-era China as reflected in the visual arts.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
HIS008000
HISTORY / Asia / China
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General