Exhibitions

OCS 2021 Exhibition

The Society is holding an exhibition in 2021, to mark one hundred years since its foundation. The exhibition is provisionally titled Collectors, Connoisseurs, Curators: A Century of the Oriental Ceramic Society, and will be held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London University, from the 14 October to the 11 December 2021.

The exhibition will show the development of the Society from a private group of twelve connoisseurs and collectors, to its present position as a leading institution in the UK and worldwide, for the study of Asian art, particularly (but not exclusively) of ceramics. It will demonstrate the role and legacy of the collector, the relationship of collectors with institutions and curators, and the change in collecting taste and scholarship over the twentieth century.

The exhibition will be organised into five sections, with approximately one hundred objects, primarily but not wholly Chinese, in a variety of materials, such as earthenware, porcelain, bronzes, paintings, lacquers and jades, reflecting the range of interests of past and present OCS members. There will be a fully illustrated catalogue with expert thematic essays, and SOAS will use the exhibition in the teaching of courses in Asian art and in curating and museology. We also plan to support a conference around the exhibition.

Having provisionally requested some exhibits from historic OCS member collections donated to museums, the Society is currently selecting further objects from a range generously offered by current OCS members. We plan to complete the selection before the end of summer 2019.

2016 Exhibition – click here