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Asia Art Archive annual fundraiser auction

Asia Art Archive (AAA)’s 2023 Annual Fundraiser features an auction of over 55 works, generously donated by artists, galleries, and individuals. Following the recent expansion of its library, Asia Art Archive continues to grow its Collections, research, and programmes with a renewed focus and broader reach. The fundraiser provides a vital source of funding to support free public access to these resources on the histories of contemporary art in Asia. The works are now available for bidding online at until 10 November.

This year’s auction features work by artists including Rosamond Brown, Michele Chu, Kary Kwok, Shilpa Gupta, Maia Ruth Lee, Angel Otero, Pan Jian, Ellen Pau, Neo Rauch, Sudarshan Shetty​, Wang Dongling, and more.

In 2023, Asia Art Archive develops new Collections and research projects in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and more. With the Hong Kong Room established as a permanent space in AAA’s library, a series of projects focused on the city’s contemporary art history will commence in late 2023. One of the projects is “Recalling Disappearance: Hong Kong Contemporary Art,” supporting research, writing, and discussions on Hong Kong art history through a holistic approach. 

In October 2023, AAA will launch the Tao Yongbai Archive, which documents the career of one of the few female art historians and critics of her generation in China. Through her writing, criticism, and involvement in academia since the late 1970s, Tao Yongbai pioneered the study of the history of oil painting and women artists in China.

AAA has also initiated a research project on independent art spaces in Taiwan. The project aims to collate primary sources and construct a documentary archive of these spaces from the 1980s to the early twenty-first century. 

AAA continues work in archives in South Asia and beyond, including the Jyotsna Bhatt Archive and Zahoor ul Akhlaq Archive. Following the launch of the personal archive of prominent Indian sculptor Mrinalini Mukherjee in 2022, AAA presents a new exhibition that brings together Mukherjee’s monumental sculpture, Pari (1986), and materials from her archive. The exhibition opens from 20 September 2023 to 29 February 2024.

Image: Fire Rainbow 13 by Pan Jian, Acrylic and sand on canvas, 90.5 × 150.5 cm, 2022. 
Courtesy the artist and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery.

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