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New Book on Contemporary Chinese Art

13. Aug. 2012

“Negotiating Difference: Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context” is a book edited by Franziska Koch, Birgit Hopfener, Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch and Juliane Noth. The book’s 20 essays break new ground in exploring the transcultural entanglements that shape contemporary Chinese art and its practices.

Considering that contemporary Chinese art is still a young field of critical academic research, “Negotiating Difference” is a pioneering collection of thoroughly researched articles mainly contributed by young scholars. The essays engage with contemporary Chinese art in a global context, addressing the urgent methodological questions of how to describe, contextualize and theorize artworks and artistic processes in and beyond the People’s Republic of China since the end of the Cultural Revolution. The studies break new ground as they call attention to the transcultural entanglements of which art and its practices partake and which they in turn reconfigure

The book features 20 essays written by a select group of international junior and senior scholars dedicated to ambitious and methodologically innovative research on contemporary Chinese art. Their multi-faceted, partly interdisciplinary approaches are complemented by four contributions of distinguished practitioners in the field. Consisting of art curators and critics, these specialists are located in China and explore key developments within Chinese art and the changing art scene of the last three decades.

The book “Negotiating Difference: Chinese Ccontemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context”, edited by Franziska Koch, Birgit Hopfener, Juliane Noth, and Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch, comprises 347 pages including more than 150 illustrations, and has beenhas been published in July 2012 by the publishing company VDG Weimar.

Franziska Koch is the assistant to the Cluster’s Chair of Global Art History. Her research interests revolve around the field of contemporary Chinese art and the exhibition as a medium. Koch has published a number of articles and is co-editor of the themed section "Multi-centred Modernisms. Reconfiguring Asian Art of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries" in the e-journal Prof. Dr. Jeong-hee Lee-Kalisch holds the chair of East Asian Art History at Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. des. Birgit Hopfener and Dr. Juliane Noth are post-doctoral researchers affiliated to her chair, both working in the field of contemporary and modern Chinese art.


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