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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

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


  • The Baroda Archives are now available online.

    It comprises personal archives of Jyoti Bhatt, Ratan Parimoo, Gulammohammed Sheikh, and K.G. Subramayan, four influential art practitioners who taught at the then newly established Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in the 1950s. The archives features 40,000+ digitised artwork images, exhibition folders, letters and correspondence, art magazines, research initiatives, artist protests, exhibition catalogues, diaries and sketchbooks, manuscripts and essays, poems and short stories, photo-documentation of the ‘Living Traditions of India’, and documentation of the faculty’s early years.

    The materials will be made accessible during the course of 2015.
    23 Apr 2015
  • 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
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