10 Years Chinese Contemporary by Hong Hao
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Crossroads: Chinese Contemporary Art

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Fees: HK$9,000.00


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?

Crossroads: 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 2016
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Christie’s, 22/F Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong


(Discounted rate of HK$8,000 if paid in full by 29 Sep 2016)

Session One | Wed 12 Oct | The 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 | Wed 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 | Wed 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 | Wed 2 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 and Wang Jianwei’s multimedia installations, Song Dong’s performances, Wu Wenguang’s documentaries, Yang Fudong’s films, Zhang Peili’s videos, Zhuang Hui’s photographs, and to explore the many media and many meanings in Chinese contemporary art.

Session Five | Wed 9 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 Six | Wed 16 Nov | Tour of China Club, Market Discussion, and Dinner
Our penultimate session will take place at the China Club, which has an important collection of Chinese contemporary art, much of which has been formed in the 1990s. Following dinner and a tour of the club’s collection, we will have a discussion with a Christie’s specialist about the current state of the Chinese contemporary art market.

Session Seven | Wed 23 Nov | Tour of Christie’s Autumn Preview
Join Christie’s specialists on a tour of Christie’s Autumn 2016 Auction Preview.

Lecture 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$8,000 if paid in full by 29 Sep 2016)


Frank Vigneron
Head & Professor, Graduate Division of Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Vigneron received a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History from the Paris VII University, a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Paris IV Sorbonne University and a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He joined the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK in 2004, teaching courses on the History of Western Art, the theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in art, and Chinese and Western comparative aesthetics. His research focus is on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th century onwards and on different aspects of contemporary Chinese art seen in a global context.

In 2010, he became Chair of the Hong Kong Art School Academic Committee as well as a member of the Hong Kong Art School Council. He is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics Hong Kong. Professor Vigneron is also a practicing artist. He has held several solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and has taken part in local and international exhibitions.


Bo Zheng
Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Bo Zheng’s essays on Chinese contemporary art are read in many graduate courses in US and Europe. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art published by Intellect. He holds a BA from Amherst College, an MFA from Chinese University, and a PhD from University of Rochester, and teaches at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.


Marcello Kwan
Senior Specialist Head of Sale, Asian Contemporary Art, Christie’s Hong Kong

Marcello graduated from the Fine Arts department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He worked for Hanart TZ Gallery in Hong Kong for ten years before he joined Christie’s in 2011. His position at Hanart focused on sales and the planning and execution of exhibitions. Marcello has worked with numerous Chinese contemporary artists recognized on the international stage, including Zhang Xiaogang, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhan Wang, Qiu Zhijie, and Ju Ming.


Catherine Maudsley
Art Historian, Curator and Advisor

Embarking on her academic studies in 1975, Catherine Maudsley holds a BA, MA and MPhil in the field of Asian fine arts and culture. The recipient of numerous awards, research fellowships and gold medals, Catherine was a Connaught Research Scholar at the University of Toronto, a Canada-China Exchange Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. 

As an independent fine arts professional, she provides art advisory, research and curatorial services to individuals and corporations on the development and management of fine arts collections. She is noted both for her expertise in Chinese painting and broad range of intellectual interests. For over 30 years, Catherine has also been active as a speaker, educator, and writer in Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and Southeast Asia, addressing global forums and over 40 cultural and fine arts organizations and contributing to publications such as Arts of Asia, The Asian Art Newspaper and Orientations.

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