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The Collection Online is a continuously growing digital archive of primary source material collected by individual practitioners and researchers in cities across Asia. It is a repository of digital images, correspondences, artists’ personal documents, and streaming audio and video of performance art, artist talks, lectures, and other art events, with material being added as it becomes available. The Collection Online currently includes material from several Special Collections: the Hans van Dijk Archive, the Kwok Mangho Frog King Archive, Salon Natasha Archive and Blue Space Contemporary Arts Center Archive from Vietnam; The Chabet Archive: Covering Fifty Years of the Artist's Materials; the Zhang Xiaogang Archive, the Mao Xuhui Archive, and the Zhang Peili Archive, each part of the Research Project Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990; and Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram, each of which can serve as micro-narratives within regional art histories. 

The material in the Archive is the result of AAA’s varied and extensive research activity. Five projects are currently underway and will be added to the Collection Online upon completion. 
Above all else, the Collection Online is about preservation through sharing and distribution of information rather than about accumulating physical objects. AAA gladly accepts digital copies of material held elsewhere and maps complementary resources to share information and avoid the duplication of efforts. 
Though AAA has a policy of openness, it does not have the permission to make everything in its collection available through the Collection Online platform. Material available for online viewing is provided in the screen-friendly resolution of 72 ppi. All of the material in the collection can be viewed in high resolution on-site and users wishing to do so are invited to visit the Archive.

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Shop 6's Inaugural Exhibition, Manila, 1974
(2 items) in Collection Online

  • Shop no. 6 Kamalig to Have Weekly Exhibits
  • Paper Doll
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AAA Collection Available Online


  • A selection of contact sheets by Hong Kong –based artist Ha Bikchuen (1925-2009) is recently made available via Collection Online in conjunction with the AAA exhibition ‘Excessive Enthusiasm: Ha Bik Chuen and the Archive as Practice’ which takes place in the Library.
    23 Apr 2015
  • Rasheed Araeen Archive is now available online.

    The Collection includes documentation of the exhibition project The Other Story. It was a significant attempt in which Araeen showcased work of 24 artists of Asian, African, or Caribbean cultural heritage at London’s Hayward Gallery, gesturing an intervention to the exclusive canon of Euro-American Modernism.

    Read Hammad Nasar’s essay ‘Notes from the field: Navigating the Afterlife of The Other Story’ on Field Notes 4: Publics, Histories, Value: The Changing Stakes of Exhibitions for more background information on The Other Story.
    26 May 2015
  • John Clark Archive and Wahab Jaffer Archive are now available online.

    John Clark Archive contains documentation of interviews with artist and art professionals active in the field of modern and contemporary art across Asia, conducted by Sydney-based art historian and emeritus professor John Clark; The collection also includes Clark’s working documents and notes.

    Wahab Jaffer Archive offers a window into the artistic practices and exhibitions of artists in Pakistan from the 1970s through the 1990s. Focused largely on painting from Pakistan, Wahab Jaffer built a formidable personal collection as a businessman and avid collector alongside information on many of the artists spanning over three decades.
    12 Dec 2015
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