Yeewan KOON 官綺雲

Associate Professor 副教授
Chair of the Department
Associate Dean (Global), Faculty of Arts

Tel: 3917-2899
Office: Room 10.21, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

BA, MA University of London; PhD New York University

Yeewan Koon is associate professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Hong Kong. She has published numerous works including Nara Yoshitomo (2020), “A Chinese Canton? Painting the Local in Export Art (2019) and A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in 19th Century Guangdong (2014). She is the recipient of several research awards including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, American Council of Learned Scholars, and visiting scholarships at Cambridge University and Columbia University. Koon also works in the contemporary art field as a critic and curator. In 2014, she was guest curator of It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing at the Asia Society, Hong Kong Centre, and was one of the selected curators for the 12th Gwangju Biennale, 2018. In June 2021, she curated the exhibition So long, thanks again for the fish!, which was part of the Inspired Programme of inaugural Helsinki Biennale in Finland. This year she was also awarded the prestigious UGC Teacher Award.

Chinese Art and Architecture, Japanese Art and Architecture

Nara Yoshitomo

Selected Publications

Yoshitomo Nara. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2020.

A Defiant Brush: Su Renshan and the Politics of Painting in 19th Century Guangdong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014.

It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing. Hong Kong: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 2014.

“A Chinese Canton? Painting the Local in Export Art.” In Eighteenth-century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art, edited by Michael Yonan and Stacey Sloboda, 71-94. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019.

“Faultlines.” In 12th Gwangju Biennale 2018: Imagined Borders, edited by Gwangju Biennale editorial committee. Gwangju, Republic of Korea: Gwangju Biennale Foundation, 2018.

“The Artist Behind the Camera: Yoshitomo Nara.” In Once in a Life: Encounters with Nara, edited by Dominique Chan and Fumio Nanjo, 83-117. Hong Kong: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 2016.


2021 UGC Teaching Award (General Faculty Members) (read more)

2020 Teaching Excellence Award: Outstanding Teaching Award (individual award) (read more)

Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2020 (read more)

Fulbright-RGC Hong Kong Senior Research Scholar Awards 2018/2019 (read more)

Other Activities

Hong Kong Art Timeline (2021) (read more)

Curator of the exhibition “So long, thanks again for the fish” at Levyhalli, Suomenlinna (2021) (read more) (360 tour)

Selected curator for the co-curated exhibition “Faultlines,” at 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018) (read more)

Guest curator of the exhibition “It Begins with Metamorphosis: Xu Bing at the Asia Society, Hong Kong Center (2014) (read more)

Current Courses

ARTH1008 Introduction to the arts of Asia: past and present

ARTH2055 Crossing cultures: China and the outside world

Past Courses

ARTH2048 Arts of Japan

ARTH2051 Art, politics, and society in modern China

ARTH3013 Hong Kong art workshop

ARTH7004 Seminar in Chinese art


HKU Scholars Hub research page

Reaching beyond HKU
Five Artists in Conversation: Introducing the exhibition “So long, thanks again for the fish”
Public book launch online – Writing Nara Yoshitomo
Yeewan Koon on RTHK Radio 3 – The Big Idea: The Dunhuang Caves