Abstract

Abstract:

On April 22, 1965, Hong Kong’s signature airline, Cathay Pacific Airways, launched the multicity tour of an art exhibition—Contemporary Art in Asia—in Singapore. Consisting of about 130 pieces of artwork, the exhibition toured Kuala Lumpur, Bang-kok, Jesselton, Manila, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Taipei before returning to Hong Kong. The exhibition was mounted as a commercial promotion for Cathay Pacific’s flight network in Asia, but it represents an instance of an Asia-wide art exhibition, something that was rare at that time. This paper situates the exhibition in a broad historical context. By examining city networks, Asian art, and representations of air hostesses from the perspective of Hong Kong, I argue that this corporate-sponsored “tour of the Orient” exhibition reveals diverse imaginations of Asia and its modernity beyond the Orient–Occident binaries of the 1960s.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-5065
Print ISSN
1521-5385
Pages
pp. 308-330
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-17
Open Access
No
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