Presentation on the topic of contemporary art and institutional practice in China

Contemporary art and institutional practice in China have been dominantly channeled and boosted by the market and commercial sector in the past decade. Since the 1980s, we have seen many debates on artistic autonomy apprehended through the concepts of realism and European modernism, the west and the east, individualism and national ideology, internationalism and cultural nationalism. Often in these debates, we seem to reach an impasse in contemporary art’s binary oppositions between the private and the public, the art and the social. The focus of binary debates in earlier artistic movements in China is gradually shifted to global migration of artistic ideas, forms and materiality in relation to the vernacular perspective of the Pearl River Delta, where Times Museum is situated in.

Nikita Yingqian Cai lives and works in Guangzhou, where she is currently Associate Director and Chief Curator at Guangdong Times Museum.

Full Movie from presentation:
From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Cantonese Contemporary Art in the 1980s

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