Journeying through Mountains and Rivers:
China’s Great Tradition of Landscape Painting
Asian Art and History: Fabulous Wonders of China
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Dr. Colin Mackenzie, Curator of Chinese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
For over a thousand years, Chinese painters have been masters of landscape painting. Although sometimes illusionistic, Chinese landscapes usually aimed to convey the essence of nature rather than depict particular views. This lecture will explore how Chinese painters expressed their individual artistic personalities through landscape.
Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.
Colin Mackenzie is curator of Chinese art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in Chinese art history and archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He also spent a year at Beijing University in 1980 and `85. Before joining the Art Institute, he held curatorial positions at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Asia Society Museum and Middlebury College. Mackenzie’s interests range widely from ancient China, including bronzes, painting and ceramics, to contemporary Chinese art. He has contributed to a number of major exhibitions, including The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology, and curated the exhibition Asian Games: The Art of Contest at the Asia Society in 2004. His recent publications include Masterworks of Chinese Art: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (2011) and The Chinese Art Book (2013, coauthored). Recent exhibitions include More than Words: The Art of Calligraphy Across Asia (2017).