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Special Collections

AAA’s Special Collections comprise groups of material gathered from donated personal collections and focused research projects with a particular focus on primary source material and rare documents. In most cases, AAA keeps only a digital copy, which it makes available from the Collection Online or through computers on-site at AAA. Rare tangible material is housed in a fireproof room with temperature and humidity control and can be easily accessed by making a request to library staff.

  • Hong Kong Art History Research - Pilot Project

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    The Hong Kong Art History Research Pilot Project is a collaborative project between Asia Art Archive and Hong Kong Museum of Art. The beginning of a long-term endeavour to develop a publicly available resource platform to support art historical research on recent art in Hong Kong. Building on previous and existing research efforts, this pilot aims to develop a framework for a richer contextual picture of Hong Kong’ s art ecology in the 1960-70s.

  • Hans van Dijk Archive

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    Hans van Dijk 戴漢志 (1946-2002) was a researcher, curator, and dealer for Chinese contemporary art active in Beijing for most of the 1990s. After his untimely death in 2002, his extensive archive has remained in Beijing and is being processed by AAA. The archive includes materials about over 480 Chinese artists, documents on NAAC and CAAW activities, more than 50 titles of art journals and magazines, over 1,300 art books and catalogues, and a large amount of invitation cards and articles on art—collectively depicting Beijing’s 1990s art scene for future researchers to interpret.

  • Kwok Mangho Frog King Archive

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    Kwok Mangho, Hong Kong-based artist better known as Frog King, has been producing artwork across multiple experimental media while documenting his work, daily life, and events in the field for more than 40 years. The Kwok Mangho Frog King Archive includes over 1,000 slides and photographs digitised and annotated by AAA: a selection of documentation that surveys Frog King’s artistic career from the 1960s to early 2000s.

  • The Chabet Archive: Covering Fifty Years of the Artist’s Materials

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    Initiated in 2008, this project compiled and digitised primary materials on the renowned Filipino artist, teacher, and curator Roberto Chabet (1937-2013), as one of multiple entry points into the complicated discourse of modernity and contemporaneity in the Philippines. The project was launched in July 2009...

  • Oil Street

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    The Oil Street special collection consists of documents on and of the artist village that existed roughly from 1998 to 2000 in the former Government Supplies Department complex on Oil Street, North Point, Hong Kong. These materials include a donation from 2006, and those generously shared by practitioners that AAA researchers approached in 2012.

  • Salon Natasha Archive

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    Founded in 1990, Salon Natasha is the home, studio, artist meeting and exhibition space created by the late Hanoi artist Vu Dan Tan (1946-2009) and his Russian born wife Natalia (Natasha) Kraevskaia (b.1952). Located in just 60 square meters of space at 30 Hang Bong Street, in the heart of the Vietnamese capital, for its first decade, Salon Natasha operated as the only venue for artistic experimentation in a city largely controlled by State-run cultural organisations.

  • Wang Youshen Archive

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    Wang Youshen has been constantly sharing with AAA records of his artistic career since the 1980s, and also materials about Chinese contemporary art that he collected in the last twenty years. Wang’s collection of documentary materials, a selection of which is presented here, offers a glimpse into the early artistic activities in Beijing—experimental photography, film and exhibitions of new media.

  • Francesca Dal Lago Archive

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    Francesca Dal Lago is a scholar specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese art. In the summer of 2011, AAA researcher Fiona He worked with Dal Lago at her home in Vicenza, coming up with a set of materials that forms the core part of her personal archive, currently deposited in AAA. The archive contains materials about contemporary Chinese art from the late 1980s to the early 2000s, with particular emphasis on the early 1990s. It includes documentation on more than 100 artists and approximately 50 events and exhibitions.

  • Fei Dawei Archive

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    The digitisation of Fei Dawei’s personal archive began in 2009. Fei Dawei was a member of the organization committee of the exhibition ‘China/Avant-Garde’ in 1989. That same year, he went to France to participate in an international symposium in conjunction with ‘Magiciens de la Terre’. Fei was the founding director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing and has continued to work as an independent curator and art critic after leaving UCCA. Fei Dawei’s archive is part of AAA’s China 1980s research project, ‘Materials of the Future’. The archive consists of more than 2,500 items and is constantly added to and updated.

  • Zheng Shengtian Archive

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    The Zheng Shengtian Archive consists of over 1,500 scanned and annotated items, including paper documents, photographs, slides and audio-visual materials. In addition to the digitization and annotation of these materials, AAA has also collected supplementary materials and conducted a detailed video interview with Zheng in order to present a more comprehensive view into his career and generate more related research. Together these materials form a rich collection of primary and supplementary documents about one of the most important educators and advocates of experimental art from China.

  • Lu Peng Archive

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    The digitization of Lu Peng’s personal archive began in 2006. Lu Peng is an art critic, curator and art historian who is now an associate professor at the School of Arts and Humanities, China Academy of Fine Arts. The Lu Peng Archive consists of over 2,000 scanned and annotated items including paper documents, photographs, slides and audio-visual materials.

  • Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram

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    The first art archive in India to be digitised by AAA, the project brings to the public the broad range of material collected by Kapur and Sundaram since the late 1960s. Originally established as a personal archive, the collection not only documents the artwork and writings produced and published thus far during Kapur and Sundaram's prolific careers, but also documents events in India's art community over the last 50 years, and includes exhibition catalogues, newspaper clippings, and artists' slides, some of which are entering the public domain for the first time...

  • Nigel Cameron Archive — Nigel Cameron’s Writings on Art

    Nigel Cameron is a historian, curator and art critic based in Hong Kong. As a contributor to the South China Morning Post and Orientations magazine, Cameron wrote extensively on Asian art and culture from the 1970s to the 1990s. In 2005, Cameron donated his personal collection of 1655 typescripts and clippings, dating from 1972 to 1994...

  • Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990

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    In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents...

  • chinese-art.com Archive

    chinese-art.com was launched in 1997 as a non-profit web magazine ‘designed to provide collectors, historians, curators, dealers and critics outside China with an in-depth look at some of the art making history in China today’...

  • Zhang Peili Archive

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    Zhang Peili is a pioneer of video and new media art in China. His work 30x30 from 1988 is generally considered to be the first video work in the history of contemporary Chinese art, and his experiments with text-based conceptual art were some of the most radical made in China during the 1980s...

  • Zhang Xiaogang Archive

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    In 2007, the Archive worked with Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang, best known for his ‘Bloodline: Big Family’ series of paintings, to digitise his personal archive. As part of the in-depth research project ‘Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990’, AAA collaborated with Zhang’s studio in Beijing to digitise and catalogue his personal archive which dates from the 1970s to today...

  • Mao Xuhui Archive

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    Kunming-based painter Mao Xuhui is regarded as a leader of the avant-garde art community in southwest China. Since 2004, AAA has been working with Mao to scan and catalogue his comprehensive personal archive documenting his artistic career and activities over past three decades. A selection of these documents, dating from 1985 to 1987 is presented here...

  • Kong Chang’an Archive

    Kong Chang’an is an artist and curator. In April 2011, after he donated a batch of materials to AAA about contemporary Chinese art from the early 1980s to the mid-1990s, AAA researchers visited his studio in Los Angeles and conducted an interview with him. The earliest documents among the materials came from the early 1980s, and the materials he collected from about 60 Chinese artists from 1991-1993 are especially rich. Kong Chang’an’s essays and artworks from the 1980s to the 90s are also included.