The Fei Dawei Archive- Curating Contemporary Chinese Art Overseas in the 1990s

When Saturday 23 November | 10.30-11.30am
Where Conference Room N206-208, Level 2, Hong Kong Convention Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Language English and Chinese
Christie's Art Forum Lecture Series | Presented by Asia Art Archive
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Belonging to a generation of Chinese curators active overseas in the 1990’s, Fei Dawei is a pioneer in the field, recognised for his participation in and organisation of a series of influential contemporary Chinese art exhibitions. These historical exhibitions not only included now seminal works by some of the most influential Chinese artists of our time, but were also pivotal in exploring the dissemination of contemporary Chinese art, challenging the mainstream discourse of the genre and redefining the way it is understood today. In 2009, Asia Art Archive initiated the digitisation of over 2,500 articles, slides, and photographs included in Fei Dawei’s personal archive as part of Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990, a research project which has compiled to date the most extensive collections of primary and secondary source materials on the period.

Through the Archive of Fei Dawei, AAA presents, Fei Dawei in conversation with AAA Senior Researcher Anthony Yung, a discussion on curating overseas contemporary Chinese art exhibitions in the 1990s.
Fei Dawei is an independent art critic and curator, currently based in Paris and Beijing. After graduating from the Art History Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1985, Fei became an editor of the Academy’s journal Art Research and later travelled to France on an exchange organised by the French Ministry of Culture where he lectured on avant-garde art in China. Fei went on to become the director for of The Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation from 2007-2008 and served as director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing where he headed up the Center’s first exhibition ‘'85 New Wave’ and later ‘House of Oracles: A Huang Yong ping Retrospective.’ His curatorial work includes ‘Chine Demain pour Hier’ in Pourrières, France (1990), ‘Exceptional Passage’ in Fukuoka, Japan (1991) and‘The Monk and the Demon’ in Lyon, France (2004).
Anthony Yung is a senior researcher at Asia Art Archive, specializing in research projects related to China. He manages AAA’s major research project ‘Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990,’ which has produced more than 100 interviews with artist, critics, scholars, and other participants and collected a significant amount of research materials about Chinese contemporary art from the late 1970s to early 1990s. His writings about Chinese and Hong Kong art have been published in Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Leap magazine, Contemporary Art and Investment, and, to name a few.

費大為 是獨立策展人及評論家,現居於巴黎及北京。1985年,費大為於北京中央美術學院美術史系畢業後,出任學校《美術研究》雜誌編輯。在1986年,他參加法國文化部主辦的中法交流活動,赴法交流,期間進行多次介紹中國前衛藝術的講座。他於2007年至2008年出任尤倫斯基金會總監,其後出任北京尤倫斯當代藝術中心創館館長,策劃中心的開幕展《八五新潮》,及後又將美國Walker Art Center 舉辦的《占卜者之屋──黃永砅回顧展》巡迴至北京展出。費大為策展的展覽包括法國普里耶的《獻給昨天的中國明天》(1990年)及日本福岡的《非常口》(1991年)及法國里昂的《裡裡外外》(2004年)等。

Cai Guoqiang, 45.5 Meteorite Craters Made by Humans on Their 45.5 Hundred Million Year Old Planet: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 3, explosion event at ‘Chine Demain Pour Hier’, 1990.
蔡國強,〈人類為他的四十五點五億年的星球作的四十五個半隕石坑: 為外星人作的計劃第三號〉,《為了昨天的中國明天》展期間的爆炸作品,1990年。



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