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By Lee Ambrozy, Ai Weiwei

ISBN-10: 0262295873

ISBN-13: 9780262295871

Manifestos and conceited proposals from China's most famed artist and activist, culled from his renowned web publication, close down via chinese language professionals in 2009.

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The indistinctness and uncertainty embodied in these works, their ability to change and transform, their secular nature and their mistrust of public morality, and their spying on the individuals’ inner world make up the inquiry into the national plight by contemporary Chinese artists. Metaphor, ambiguity, manifold significance, illusion, and the willingness to deliberately confound right and wrong have always been signature expressions of Chinese culture and particular modes of thought and speech within this ancient Eastern country.

They allow it to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and to find new life on the brink of death. Looking back over the past thousand years of history, China has been conquered and ruled many times by outsider cultures or foreign nations. Following each of these Chinese Contemporary Art in Dilemma and Transition 15 massive political and cultural upheavals, she has absorbed some characteristics of the invading nation and then returned to normality, with her new cultural modes. Interestingly, two thousand years ago, the Han dynasty (25 BCE–220 CE) was the most perfect embodiment of China’s central plains culture, and the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE) represented the total domination of the Persian culture over China.

Sigg has spent the last decade completing his Chinese contemporary art collection. During this time, contemporary art in China has gradually transformed from the activities of a small minority to a public institution in the global eye, and today, it is a rare exhibition of substance that does not include a Chinese face. The energy created by Chinese art, its strange and idiosyncratic expressions, and the attention and praise it has attracted all attest to the fact that art and artists from China have already stepped onto the world’s cultural stage.

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