Liu Wei, Tiananmen (Detail), 2009-2010.
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Crossroads: Chinese Contemporary Art

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Fees: HK$10,000.00


What is Chinese contemporary art, and how has it developed in recent years? How does one make sense of Chinese art in a global context? What implications does the market have on Chinese artists today?

Chinese Contemporary Art will explore these questions and more. From the Open Door Policy of 1979, which prompted the emergence of Chinese contemporary art, to the evolution of global attention on art from China over the subsequent decades, the course looks at how artists and various forms of creative expression have developed during a period of significant political and economic change. We will pay particular attention to how these artists worked with and responded to China’s rapidly changing social conditions.

Comprised of seven sessions, the program aims to give participants an understanding of Chinese contemporary art and how it relates to other artists, history and the art market. The course includes lectures given by renowned academics, curators and Christie’s specialists with expert-led gallery tours, offering participants a rich and diverse insight into the landscape of Chinese contemporary art.
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Course dates

Date & Time
12 October - 23 November 2017
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:45pm

Christie’s, 22/F Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, No.1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (23 November)



(Discounted rate of HK$9,000 if paid in full by 21 Sep 2017)

Session One | Thu 12 Oct | Historical Context of Chinese Contemporary Art
The first lecture explores the historical and economic background of the evolution of Chinese contemporary art. We will look at the early development of Chinese contemporary art in the 1970s, the ’85 New Wave and ’89 Avant-Garde exhibitions, and the rise of Chinese contemporary art on the international stage in the 1990s.

Session Two | Thu 19 Oct | New Oil Painting: Political Pop and Cynical Realism
This session takes a deeper look at avant-garde artists who worked in oil painting in the 1990s. In particular, we will cover the styles of Cynical Realism and Political Pop, through which artists explore individual expressions and different interpretations of the rapid societal changes. Artists covered include Fang Lijun, Liu Wei, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Xiaogang.

Session Three | Thu 26 Oct | Contemporary Ink: Evolution and Innovation
Ink has been the traditional medium of Chinese art, and this lecture explores the contemporary artists who reinterpret this classical genre in new and meaningful ways. Some artists, such as Li Huayi and Liu Dan, are inspired by the literati spirit, while others, such as Gu Wenda, Liu Kuo-Sung, Yang Jiechang, and Zheng Chongbin experiment with abstraction, innovative techniques, and conceptual approaches.

Session Four | Thu 2 Nov | Vernacular Voices: Art in Hong Kong

With the arrival of international auction houses, major art fairs and world-class museums, Hong Kong has become an important hub for the art community in Asia. What implications does this bring for Hong Kong artists? This session will address how the art scene in Hong Kong has developed in the past decade, and how artists such as Chow Chun Fai, Lee Kit, Pak Sheung Chuen, Tsang Kin-Wah, and Wucius Wong situate themselves in the context of China contemporary art.

Session Five | Thu 9 Nov | Experimental Art: Many Media, Many Meanings
Chinese contemporary art has always been more than paintings: experiments abound in photography, video, film, performance, and installation. This lecture will focus on Cao Fei’s films and multimedia installations, Song Dong’s performances, Yin Xiuzhen’s installations, Zhang Peili, Zhu Jia and Wang Gongxin’s videos, Zhuang Hui and Xing Danwen’s photographs, and to explore the many media and many meanings in Chinese contemporary art.

Session Six | Thu 16 Nov | Market Discussion and Handling Session
This class includes a discussion with a Christie’s specialist about the current state of the Chinese contemporary art market, as well as handling session to better understand the materials and mediums of works of art.

Session Seven | Thu 23 Nov | Tour of Christie’s Autumn Preview
Join Christie’s specialists on a tour of Christie’s Autumn 2017 Auction Preview.

Schedule and topics are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who attend all sessions. 

(Discounted rate of HK$9,000 if paid in full by 21 Sep 2017)



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