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CHINA. Asia-Art-Archive has documented Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990
25/10/2011 16:15:26

During the 1980s, many of China’s most celebrated artists attended art academies, held their first exhibitions, and developed the intellectual foundation for the art practices that have contributed to their present success. In order to foster research into this transformative moment in Chinese history, Asia Art Archive has undertaken a four year focused archiving project; collecting, indexing and preserving rare documentary and primary source materials.

AAA has collected hundreds of texts published during the 1980s, completed 75 video-taped interviews, produced a documentary film, and digitized the personal archives of renowned artists and curators. With a total of over 70,000 digital documents and publications, AAA now maintains the world’s largest and most systematically organized archive of documentary material on the period.

Materials of the Future is the result of this project. This resource is freely accessible and open to the public from AAA’s physical premises and from its purposely built website.

Image: Photograph of ‘New Generation Art’ exhibition at the Chinese History Museum, Beijing, taken in 1991. Photo Courtesy Materials of the Future.

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