The concept of an
is very much key to the spirit of
dslcollection – from the artworks that we collect to the way we
share the collection through digital technology – everything is aimed
at bringing different and memorable experiences for people to
connect with art. For this reason, we have chosen to present this
second edition of the dslcollection book in two formats – a digital
version for an interactive experience, and a printed edition.
To enable our readers to fully appreciate and experience the
diversity in China’s contemporary art scene, and more
importantly, to create their own
, we have decided to
“curate” this 2nd edition, arranging our artists and artworks
according to their specialities and positioning them in different
chapters, similar to a series of rooms in an exhibition. Our aim is
not to be an encyclopaedic collection, but just to open a few
doors to China’s contemporary art scene.
As a start, Chapter 1 focuses on the earlier generation of
contemporary artists, those who were already active around the
Chinese Avant-Garde Exhibition in 1989. Caught amidst one of
the most turbulent periods in China’s modern history, many of
these artists had to create outside the formal system, or
“machine”. The next few chapters are arranged according to
regions – Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. We dedicate a
chapter to new media artists and end with a survey of the latest
generation of Chinese artists, many of whom are relatively
unknown in the West.
At the end of the book, you will find a certain number of tags
that enable you to watch the videos of the collection or to
experience the virtual exhibition curated by Martina Köppel-Yang.
This catalogue has been produced with the aim of sharing, as
much as possible, the adventure and
– Helen Ho