TALK

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
Register online | http://www.christies.com/events/hkforum2013

Parallel Event: AAA Annual Fundraiser Auction 2013

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 artforum.com.cn, to name a few.

在1990年代,第一代中國策展人費大為在海外策劃了一連串的中國當代藝術展,這些展覽不但包括了很多現已享譽國際藝壇藝術家,更產生了他們的一些代表作。此外,這些展覽也提出了抵抗主流地理解及展示中國當代藝術的方法。自2009年起,亞洲藝術文獻庫與費大為合作,為他的個人文獻檔案編目及數碼化。至今,費大為及文獻庫已整理了超過2,500項資料(仍然在增補中),這些資料記錄了一些最具影響力的中國藝術家發展歷程,包括蔡國強、黃永砅及谷文達等。透過檔案中的資料,費大為將與文獻庫研究員翁子健回顧1990年代在海外策劃中國當代藝術展覽的經歷及其中的關鍵議題。
 
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。
 
翁子健為亞洲藝術文獻庫的研究員,專於中國研究。他負責的大型研究計劃「未來的材料:記錄1980-1990年中國當代藝術」包括過百位藝術家、藝評家、學者及其他藝術界人士的訪談,及大量關於1970年代末至1990年代初的中國當代藝術研究材料。翁子健撰寫有關中國及香港藝術的文章可見於《典藏國際版》、《藝術界》、《當代藝術與投資》、artforum.com.cn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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