Orientations is a bimonthly print magazine published in Hong Kong and distributed worldwide since 1969. It is an authoritative source of information on the many and varied aspects of the arts of East and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, from the latest scholarly research to market analysis and current news.
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The July/August 2021 issue takes readers on a journey through the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland with Michaela Pejčochová as our guest editor. Her article gives an overview of collecting and exhibiting Chinese art in central Europe starting with the collections of the emperor Rudolf II in Prague and the archduke Ferdinand II in Ambras, Austria. Györgyi Fajcsák focuses on Pál Miklós , a Hungarian sinologist, and his connections with contemporary Chinese painters in the early 1950s while he was a student in China and how those relationships influenced his later research. We include two articles on the ‘Chinese vogue’ in Poland in the second half of the 17th century; notably, a considerable amount of literature on China was available in Europe under the reign of Stanislaus Augustus (r. 1764–95), which may have spurred the increasing interest. Izabela Kopania looks at Chinese rooms in the Wilanów Palace, Royal Łazienki Museum, and Łańcut Castle, while Magdalena Kozar extends the discussion of chinoiserie in European applied art in the 17th and 18th centuries by looking at the Neissers and Nowicki collections, two collections of Chinese art in Wrocław.
The second part of this issue celebrates projects supported by the Buddhist Art Initiative of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Articles by Anita Chung, Johannes Beltz, Markéta Hánová, and Debra Diamond highlight development trends, shared concerns, and adopted solutions, especially during this period where it is more important than ever to build connections with the audience and each other through art and culture.