Blue and White


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by AGGV Curator of Asian Art, Dr. Heng Wu 

The 2021-2022 AGGV exhibition Blue and White examined blue and white porcelain as a global product that contains diverse cultural traits in its birth, development, and proliferation. It is truly a fruit of cross-cultural communication and exchange. This exhibition was an initiative in experimenting with new curatorial approaches to our permanent collections by breaking the boundaries that have been artificially placed on these collections, such as Asian vs. Canadian or Historical vs. Contemporary.

Blue and White contained over 200 items, from the AGGV collection, including many exceptional pieces from the renowned AGGV Asian collection. “Each object has multiple layers in its cultural identity.” Heng Wu, AGGV Curator of Asian Art.

This beautiful hardcover book features a vast selection of objects from AGGV collections, and tells a story of blue-and-white porcelain first manufactured in China during the 14th century that eventually debuted on the world stage. Inspired by the exhibition, the catalogue surveys how blue-and-white ceramics went 'viral,’ and was imitated and innovated around the globe. Look back on the journey that blue-and-white has taken, from its formation and through its variations, and discover a global character infused with local flavor.

About the Author:
Dr. Heng Wu is the Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, where she oversees the vast Asian Art collection. Before joining the AGGV, she worked at Nanjing Museum, one of the leading museums in China, where her primary duties included developing and managing international travelling exhibitions.

Book Details:
Exhibition Curator: Heng Wu
Editor: Audrey McClellan
Design: Lara Minja
9.5 × 11.25 inches
128 pages
Publisher: AGGV
Published: January 1, 2023
ISBN: 9780888853875