Affordable Luxuries in the Golden Age

This talk will focus on the sudden influx of Asian luxury goods into the Netherlands in the 17th century and its implications for Dutch arts, culture, and society. A new market for affordable Asian luxuries supplied by the VOC, the Dutch East India Company, emerged in the Netherlands, and enthralled consumers brought new colours, patterns, and textures to their interiors and wardrobes. These objects also inspired Dutch artists and made their ways into portraits, genre scenes, and particularly still-life paintings. The appreciation for these Asian imports developed and they finally became an integral part of Dutch culture and luxury living.

About the speaker:
Jan van Campen studied Art History in Leiden. He worked at the Bubb Kuyper auction house in Haarlem and the Princesseh of Ceramics Museum in Leeuwarden. In 2000, he earned his Ph.D. studying Chinese objects of The Hague lawyer Jean Theodore Royer (1737-1807). He has worked as Curator of Asian Export Art in the Rijksmuseum since 2001. He is one of the curators of the Asia > Amsterdam exhibition.

Date and Time: 1 JUN (WED) 6:30pm - 8:00

Venue: University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong