Chinese Museums: Strategies and Promotion of Contemporary Chinese Art [Paperback]

Ornella De Nigris(Author)

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ISBN: 9788869771439 | Published by: Mimesis International | Series: Art | Year of Publication: 2021 | 230p, H8.3 x W5.5, 70
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Chinese Museums

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Over the last 30 years, the Chinese system of art museums has enjoyed an unprecedented pace of development. Following a general and ongoing renovation of China’s entire system of national art institutions, there has been an impressive proliferation of meishuguan (art museums) all over in the country. Many different types of institutional statuses for art museums have recently been launched (notably small, private art museums) while others have developed rapidly (especially state-owned museums). This volume explores this range of different approaches to exhibiting and curating art, while also investigating the crucial question of the cultural sustainability of art museums in China. Through four case studies on museums and art collections in the cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai, this volume provides an important contribution to the debate on the past, present and future of art museums in contemporary China.

Table of Contents

Chapter I. Theoretical and methodological framework
I.1. Understanding the meishuguan: the state of the art
I.2. Scope of inquiry and methodology
I.3. On field research and data analysis
I.4. Structure of the work
Chapter II. The museum as a physical space
II.1. China and the museum: an historical outlook
II.2. Contemporary art and art institutions: first encounters
II.3. Organizational models: state-owned, private and minying
II.4. The convergence of art museums and cultural policies
Chapter III. The museum as a conceptual space
III.1. Sustainability and permanence in time
III.2. The role of museum directors
III.3. Zhengyixing and the artist-curator
III.4. The institutional critique
Chapter IV. Analysis of case studies
IV.1. Beijing Today Art Museum
IV.2. The case of Shanghai
IV.3. OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) in Shenzhen
IV.4. Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou
Conclusion
Bibliography

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