Programme Overview

The "Enlightenment in Dialogue" series comprises five dialogue blocks which continue for the entire duration of the exhibition.

The following forums will take place in the National Museum of China from spring 2011 to spring 2012.

Forum I: The Art of Enlightenment – The History of an Exhibition

Date: April 2th, 2011, 9 am to 12 am

The first forum describes how the exhibition “The Art of the Enlightenment” came about. It also introduces visitors to the sites of the collections from which the exhibited artworks were taken and explores the reasons for choosing this exhibition theme. more

Forum II: Enlightenment and Art

Date: July 14th, 2011, 9 am to 12 am

This forum is devoted to the Enlightenment and its relationship to art. The focus will in equal measure be on particular aspects of the Enlightenment. more

Forum III: Enlightenment and Its Chinese History

Date: September 9th, 2011, 9 am to 12 am

Enlightenment is an omnipresent phenomenon that cannot be limited to a single event in European history. This forum is therefore dedicated to Chinese facets of the Enlightenment in both China and Europe. more

Forum IV: Enlightenment and the Modern Age

Date: November 17th, 2011, 9.15 am to 12 am

In this forum the major changes that the Enlightenment brought about, including both positive and negative impacts, will be discussed. more

Forum V: Enlightenment and Cultures of Knowledge

Date: March 25th, 2012, 2 pm to 4.15 pm

The Enlightenment brought with it a change in the way knowledge was organized and classified, not only in Europe, but also in China, albeit at a later date. more


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