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China Avantgarde Exhibition Archive 中國前衛藝術展檔案

Brief overview (-)

'China Avantgarde' (1993-94) is considered a seminal exhibition held outside mainland China that significantly impacted international reception and Western knowledge of Chinese contemporary art. Curated by Jochen Noth, Andreas Schmid, and Hans van Dijk, who lived, studied, or worked in China, the exhibition began to take shape when they returned to Germany and the Netherlands in the late 1980s with the intention to present new art from Chinese artists—ultimately opening at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World), Berlin. The exhibition focused on contemporary art that emerged from mainland China during the late 1970s to early 1990s, including new forms of literature, theatre, films, and rock and contemporary music through its programme and publication. The exhibition showed works by 17 artists and its related publication, China Avantgarde, includes details of 60 artists in addition to essays on history and cultural phenomena. This publication, printed in Chinese, English, and German, is one of the most important references on 1980s and early 1990s contemporary Chinese art.

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