Art History Festival 2023 | Chinese Ceramics: A Journey Through Five Colours

Thursday 21 September, 2023

The Chinese word for ‘colour’ involves a character 色 se meaning ‘emotion’, often referring to ‘desire’. Daoist principles recognise five elements which correspond to colours. These are metal (white); earth (yellow); fire (red); wood (blue); water (black).

This tour by Curator of Chinese Art, Dr Yupin Chung, will explore the inspiration behind the Burrell Collection’s new Colour Gallery and the meaning of colours in Chinese ceramics. How did potters feel about nature? How was their intense use of a single glaze colour a way of expressing their feelings? What were the connections between the craft and design worlds?

Location: The Burrell Collection

Event type: This is an in-person talk and tour. Spaces for this are on a first come, first served basis. Meet by the reception desk 5 minutes before the talk is due to start to secure your space.

This event is part of the Art History Festival (19-23 September 2023), which has been organised with the Association of Art History. Glasgow Museums are hosting a number of talks as part of this programme.

Dates & Times

The Burrell Collection
Pollock Country Park 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G43 1AT
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Thu 21 Sep 11:00- 11:45

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