A symposium organized by Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Bapo (or “8 brokens”) painting is an innovative artistic genre that emerged in China during the mid-19th century. All but forgotten by the late 20th century, these paintings hyper-realistically depict damaged cultural ephemera, worm-eaten calligraphies, partial book pages, burned paintings, remnants of rubbings and torn-open letters. This symposium is being held in conjunction with the first ever exhibition on bapo painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “Chinaʼs 8 Brokens: Puzzles of the Treasured Past.” A contemporary bapo artist from China joins the dialogue and demonstrates the technique.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at http://symposium-8-brokens.rsvpify.com/


Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Shana J. Brown, associate professor, Department of History, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Geng Xuezhi, contemporary bapo artist, China
Eric Lefebvre, director, Cernuschi Museum, France
Wang Eugene, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University
Wang Yifeng, curator, Zhejiang Provincial Museum, China
Zheng Yan, professor of Cultural Heritage, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China



Rockefeller Fund for East Asian Art, Harvard University


Presented with generous support from the Tan Family Education Foundation. Additional support from the Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Exhibition Fund, the Joel Alvord and Lisa Schmid Alvord Fund, the Roger and Dawn Nordblom Fund for Chinese Paintings in Honor of Marjorie C. Nordblom, and The June N. and John C. Robinson Fund for Chinese Paintings in Honor of Marjorie C. Nordblom