AAA has contributed archival research and loaned items from our collection to Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, which "presents work by 71 key artists and groups active across China and worldwide whose critical provocations aim to forge reality free from ideology, to establish the individual apart from the collective, and to define contemporary Chinese experience in universal terms."
This week, we present printed matter related to the New Systems section of the show's archival materials.
The exhibition, curated by Ai Weiwei and Feng Boyi, was held at Eastlink Gallery and Ding Yi's studio in Shanghai, 2000.
The 2000 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Spirit, was curated by Hon Hanru, Toshio Shimizu, Li Xu, and Zhang Qing. It was held at Shanghai Art Museum.
The First Guangzhou Triennial (2002–03) was held at the Guangdong Museum of Art. It was curated by Wu Hung, with Feng Boyi, Huang Zhuan, and Wang Huangsheng.
From the collection description:
Published to coincide with the First Guangzhou Triennial (opened on November 18, 2002), this volume provides a systematic description and analysis of Chinese experimental art and cinema of the 90s, the subject of the Triennial. This volume consists of three parts: Part One provides an overview of 90s' Chinese cinema with seventeen scholarly essays on Chinese cinema and experimental art; Part Two is a catalogue of works by artists selected for the Triennial, studied under three large thematic sections centred on 'History and Reality', 'People and Environment', and 'Local and Global'; Part Three provides a complete chronology of important events and exhibitions and a detailed bibliography, including all publicly and privately published books and exhibition catalogue related to contemporary Chinese art. Brief biographical information of artists are included. With a preface by Huang Huangsheng (Director of Guangdong Museum of Art).
The Second Guangzhou Triennial: BEYOND, An Extraordinary Space of Experimentation for Modernization (2005–06) was held at the Guangdong Museum of Art. It was curated by Hon Hanru, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Guo Xiaoyan.
From the collection description:
In addition to the 5 main exhibitions, the catalogue also includes information on Special Projects and Self-Organisation. The purpose of Special Projects is to reconsider and study the relationship between the local culture and reality, and to sort out the historic and cultural development of the PRD. Self-Organisation consists of projects by independent art organizations, institutions and communities. The program aims at finding out the historic line of the art experiments and practice conducted by these independent Chinese art organizations.
Images of works are accompanied by individual texts and artist biographies. With preface by Wang Huangsheng, Director of Guangdong Museum of Art.
Other participating artists include, Justin Bennett, Thomas Bayrle, Berlage Institute, Didier Faustino, Fischli & Weiss, Rem Koolhaas/Alain Fouraux, Armin Linke, MXDF/Titiana Bibao, Issac Julien, Doug Aitken, Jennifer Allora & Guilermo Calzadilla, Jimmie Durham, Multiplicity, Dan Graham, Gabriel Orozco, Philippe Parreno.