Arts and Culture
This panel aims to analyze what we call “cultural phenomena” in China: artists, writers or other intellectuals who show a unique or extraordinary temperament, but are
all emblematic of their time. We will consider them regarding their creation topics and themes, as well as their complex relationship with Europe.
These intellectuals, who use both pen and brush, do not hesitate to express their opinions on society, art, or education, giving us a better grasp of changes in Chinese society in its dealings with cultural or political authorities.
Furthermore, these public figures all have unique relationships with Europe: acceptance or opposition to a European influence on their creation; quality and broadness of the reception of their discourse and work by the European audience, etc.
What do they stand for? Liu Haisu, from the 1920s onwards, keeps an open mind on art without defining a hierarchy between West and East. However, he is mostly forgotten in contemporary China and virtually unknown to the West. More recently, Chen Danqing has fought against all forms of orthodoxy, including those coming from the West. Cao Fei frees herself from the stereotypical opposition between China and the West to ponder how people deal with a consumerist and technological society. Laoshu is a new media star, master in the art of self-promotion and capable of expressing ideas in simple language that everyone understands.
This panel on cultural phenomena will lead us to question the relationships between Asia and the West, or more specifically, China and Europe, in order to better understand the evolution of the balance of power between these two parts of the world since the 20th century.
Keywords : Chinese ink and oil painting, new media, identity, cultural exchanges, painting and writing or story-telling, modernity, post-modernity
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Meng Fanhua, "The Phenomenon of Chinese Culture at the Turn of the 21st Century", Enrich Professional Publishing, 2011
Veg Sebastian, "Fictions du pouvoir chinois : Littérature, modernisme et démocratie au début du XXe siècle", Paris, EHESS, 2009