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Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 19:30

Luo Ping's Eccentric Worlds

Freda Murck, Ph.D.

Consultant and Researcher on Painting and Calligraphy,

Palace Museum

Embassy of Sweden

瑞典大使馆东直门外大街3号

Ruidian Dashiguan 3 Dongzhimenwai Dajie

Luo Ping (1733–1799) was one of the most versatile, original and celebrated artists in eighteenth-century China. Contemporaries and later critics characterized him as a Confucian scholar of great moral integrity, a loving and devoted husband, a cultural arriviste, an anti-Manchu dissident, an “eccentric” who saw spirits and a Buddhist monk.

Freda Murck will present Luo Ping's multifaceted work and her recent collaboration on the exhibition Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping which is now on view at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 17.

From 1978 to 1991, Freda Murck worked in the Asian Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Since 1991, she has lived with her husband Christian Murck in Taipei and Beijing, publishing articles on Chinese art and a book on how eleventh century scholars combined poetry and painting to express dissent: Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent (Harvard 2000).

She now serves as a consultant to the Palace Museum's English web-page and as a researcher in the Palace Museum's Painting and Calligraphy Research Center.