Tea Time Talk: Collections for the Future?
Saturday 9 October
Friends Meeting House
In the heart of Warwickshire, at Compton Verney Art Gallery, the unsuspecting visitor will find one of the largest collections of Chinese bronzes outside China. Ritual vessels for wine and food, temple guardians, horses, flasks … some of these bronze pieces are over 3,000 years old.
Today’s museums face uncertain futures. Can they adapt to the digital realm? Are they truly confronting their colonial pasts? Should parts of their collections be repatriated? In that challenging environment, do the Chinese bronzes at Compton Verney still make sense?
Peter Moores Associate Professor in Chinese Archaeology at Oxford University, Dr Anke Hein and Professor Anne Gerritsen of Warwick University, will combine a conversation about how Compton Verney is responding to such challenging questions with some historical contextualization of these invaluable pieces. Only if we think both historically and critically about the collections we have locally, can we futureproof them for tomorrow’s global audiences.
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