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Lecture Series: The Journeys of Porcelain and other Treasures from China, Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries, by Abraham Villavicencio García

November 24, 2022, 15:00 CET, via Zoom

The Journeys of Porcelain and other Treasures from China, Sixteenth to Twentieth Centuries

Chinese porcelain, ivory, saints, and Catholic virgins with oriental features were some objects of Asian material culture that travelled to America aboard the Manila Galleons. This lecture addresses the aesthetic, commercial and cultural importance of Chinese porcelain and decorative arts produced during the last century of the Ming dynasty and throughout the Qing dynasty, as well as the emergence of hybrid artistic languages inspired by Chinese commodities and known as “Chinoiseries”.

Abraham Villavicencio García is Chief Curator at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City. He has worked as Curator of Viceroyalty Art and Chief Curator at the Museo Nacional de Arte of Mexico (MUNAL). Villavicencio has participated as a curator, both as an individual and team curator, researcher and coordinator in more than 25 exhibitions. Among the exhibitions he has curated are “Yo, el rey. La Monarquía Hispánica en el arte”, “Melancolía”, “Originalmentefalso. Gabriel de la Mora”, “Grandes maestros del grabado europeo. Colección Franz Mayer”, “Relatos artísticos de la Conquista”, “Tesoros de China. Porcelana y artes decorativas” y “Los secretos del color”. Villavicencio teaches at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UANL) and at the Universidad Anáhuac. He has also been an academic at the Centro de Cultura Casa Lamm, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana and the postgraduate course “Cartografías del Arte Contemporáneo” at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. Villavivencio is a member of the seminar “Historia de las creencias y prácticas religiosas, siglos XVI-XVIII”, as part of activities of the “Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la UNAM. He has specialised publications in books, catalogues, and national and international journals from institutions such as UNAM, INAH, the School of Hispano-American Studies of Seville, the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona and the French Ministry of Culture.

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