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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. The avaliable material represents a small portion of AAA’s repository of 300,000 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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Zhang Xiaogang's Works, 1979-1984
(18 items) in Collection Online

  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 6:  Doctor and Patient
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 14: A Group of Patients
  • (Evening Breeze)
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 7: One Patient Helps Another Patient
  • (Self-portrait of Zhang Xiaogang)
  • The Newly Born Spirit
  • (Red Moon)
  • (Daughter of the Mountain)
  • Moving to the Edge
  • (The Ghost Series)
  • (Fig)
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 13:A Ghost Who Suffers from Insomnia - White Bed, What's the Fate of Your Beginning and Ending?
  • (Midnight)
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 1: The Old Laundress
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 5: Getting Prescription
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 3: The Kiss Between Two Ghosts
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 2: The White Sheet
  • The Ghost Between Black and White No. 8: Farewell - A Ghost Strolls Along the Styx River
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Geeta Kapur's Lecture Manuscripts, 1995-2010
(26 items) in Collection Online

  • Visual Culture in the Indian Metropolis: Critical Intervention through Art
  • Curating: In the Public Sphere
  • Asian Art in Context: A Nation-based, Inter-Asia, or International Paradigm?
  • The Exile of Maqbool Fida Husain
  • Gender Mobility: Through the Lens of Five Women Artists
  • Hidden Face
  • A Cultural Conjuncture: Art in the Contemporary
  • Iconographies for the Present
  • Rummana's Question: Is It What You Think?
  • Secular Artist, Citizen Artist
  • Vagabondage: Art and Life in the Sixties
  • Does Contemporary Islamic Art Exist?
  • A Cultural Conjuncture in India: Art into Documentary
  • About Fragility: Historical Understanding, Difference and the Contemporary Exhibition Effect
  • With Frugal Means: Nasreen Mohamedi
  • Bodies, Boundaries: Living it Out in the World
  • Through the Lens: Gender in Performance
  • Body Language: Icons, Iconoclasm, Other Figural Makeovers
  • Mortal Remains: Memorial, Broken Branches
  • Siting Biennales: What is at Stake?
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AAA Collection Available Online


  • The Hans van Dijk Archive and the Kwok Mangho Frog King Archive are now avaliable online.

    The Hans van Dijk Archive is an ongoing archival project offers van Dijk’s extensive collection of materials depicting Beijing’s unique 1990s art scene.

    The Kwok Mangho Frog King Archive consists of over 1,000 annotated slides and photographic documentations, this archive brings a distinctive approach to inquire into Frog King’s dynamic artistic practices.

    25 Nov 2014
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