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Objects in Frames: An Inter-Cultural Comparison of Material Culture Displays in Late Sixteenth-Century Europe and Ming China

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Whereas art collecting is a global phenomenon, modes of putting artifacts on display vary between cultures. Based on textual sources and visual evidence - inventories and collectors' manuals, frontispieces and portraits - I approach material culture collections in Ming China and late Renaissance Europe to explore culturally different modes of object presentation. My case study concerns the tools of display - Chinese object stands and European metal mounts - in relation to the theoretical frameworks of theatricality and parergonality: To what extent can a Chinese pedestal be understood as a stage? How do European mounts function as frames to exotic materials and artifacts?To provide explanations for the observed cultural differences I relate the models of the parergon/the stage to sites of display and conspicuous consumption and juxtapose European Kunst- und Wunderkammer presentations of indoor exhibits "in one closet shut" with the landscape and garden settings depicted in Ming collector portraits.
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Grasskamp, Anna. "Objects in Frames: An Inter-Cultural Comparison of Material Culture Displays in Late Sixteenth-Century Europe and Ming China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p480897_index.html>

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Grasskamp, A. "Objects in Frames: An Inter-Cultural Comparison of Material Culture Displays in Late Sixteenth-Century Europe and Ming China" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the RSA Annual Meeting, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p480897_index.html

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Abstract: Whereas art collecting is a global phenomenon, modes of putting artifacts on display vary between cultures. Based on textual sources and visual evidence - inventories and collectors' manuals, frontispieces and portraits - I approach material culture collections in Ming China and late Renaissance Europe to explore culturally different modes of object presentation. My case study concerns the tools of display - Chinese object stands and European metal mounts - in relation to the theoretical frameworks of theatricality and parergonality: To what extent can a Chinese pedestal be understood as a stage? How do European mounts function as frames to exotic materials and artifacts?To provide explanations for the observed cultural differences I relate the models of the parergon/the stage to sites of display and conspicuous consumption and juxtapose European Kunst- und Wunderkammer presentations of indoor exhibits "in one closet shut" with the landscape and garden settings depicted in Ming collector portraits.


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