Asia Art Archive

About Asia Art Archive

Research Collection
Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980–1990

In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980–1990. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents.


Research Collection
Ha Bik Chuen Archive

This archive consists of a continuously growing selection of the artist’s collage books, exhibition documentation, and catalogues. It provides a singular window into Hong Kong’s art history through international exchanges, exhibition history, and the circulation of artistic practices and reading materials.

Research Collection
Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram

This archive presents the writing, curation, artwork, and art-initiatives by Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram, which include documents of landmark curated exhibitions and installation-art projects, an exclusive documentation of the renowned Kasauli Art Centre, and seminal essays on India’s modern and contemporary art. The archive also includes documents around India's art scene since the 1960s that include exhibition catalogues, newspaper clippings, and other artists’ slides.

Research Collection
Gulammohammed Sheikh Archive

Gulammohammed Sheikh (b.1937) is an artist known for his prolific career across various practices that include publishing and curating. He taught in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda for almost three decades.

This archive includes an extensive compilation of Gulammohammed Sheikh’s artworks, scrapbooks, documents of exhibitions curated by him, as well as the renowned Vrishchik Magazine that he co-founded and co-edited with artist Bhupen Khakhar. Also accessible are photographs of him and his contemporaries in Baroda’s vibrant art scene of the 1960s–1980s, and documentation of his work as a teacher, poet, art historian, and activist.

This archive is part of The Baroda Archives.

Research Collection

Roberto Chabet Archive

This archive reflects on art pedagogy (University of the Philippines), the forming of art institutions (Cultural Centre of the Philippines), and the establishment of an artist-run space (Shop 6) in the Philippines. It includes Roberto Chabet's personal photographs of his work, letters, writings, and exhibition notes; clippings from books, newspapers, and magazines; and interviews, videos, and invitations spanning around 50 years since the 1960s.

Roberto Chabet (1937–2013) was a renowned Filipino conceptual artist, teacher, and curator, who played a key role in the development of Philippine contemporary art. Through his expanded art practice, he supported and nurtured the artistic development of several generations of Filipino artists, from his contemporaries in the 1960s and 1970s to his numerous students at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. Chabet curated and documented many of their exhibitions, which form a significant portion of the archive. Their complicity and camaraderie are also seen through intimate photographs of their gatherings, letters, portraits, and tribute works.

As part of our effort to build a community that enriches conversations around art, and be a leading resource and catalyst for scholarship in the field, we organise talks, workshops, conferences, symposia, and research grants for and with art professionals, educators, academics, artists, and the interested public.

Publication Project

The Dossiers are an ongoing project to map, compile, translate, and publish important texts on contemporary Indian art from the late nineteenth century to the present. They are part of 'Writing Art', an AAA publications project, which examines the history of art writing in different languages. 'Writing Art' stems from AAA's major bibliography project of twentieth century art writing, which is accessible online. Three dossiers to be published in 2017 consider the figure of the artists in fiction, artist travelogues, and art manifestos from the South Asia region.

Bibliography of Modern and Contemporary Art Writing of South Asia

The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Vol 1: G for Ghost(writers)

An exhibition of Ho Tzu Nyen’s multimedia project The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Vol. 1: G for Ghost(writers) is on view in Asia Art Archive’s library from 21 Mar–19 Aug 2017. Developed during his AAA residency, the project introduces an interactive Internet platform and “infinite film” created in collaboration with Pad.ma, Yasuhiro Morinaga, and Bani Haykal. The two new projects push the boundaries of cinema in the digital age, by playing with the idea of an endless stream of visual and audio material constantly updated by multiple and unknown authors.

Ho Tzu Nyen on The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia

Virtual Reality Project
Passage: The Life of a Wall on Lin He Road

Through virtual reality experience, Nonny de la Peña draws from AAA's collection to create a new iteration of Safely Manoeuvring Across Lin He Road (1995) by New York and Beijing based artist Lin Yilin.

De la Peña does not simply re-enact Lin's performance but creates an experiential encounter that pushes boundaries: between artist as maker, audience as receiver, and art as conceptual or visceral.

Nonny de la Peña in Conversation with Lin Yilin

Online Publication

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Research Grants
Asia Art Archive’s Research Grants offer resources to individuals who wish to carry out focused research in the region while simultaneously addressing gaps within AAA's collection by bringing in new material, including primary and secondary documents.

AAA–Inlaks Art Grant

The London, Asia Research Award

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Programme

Residency Programme
Asia Art Archive’s Residency Programme catalyses new ideas through invited artists, creative practitioners and educators who engage with the collections we hold, the ideas that shape us, and the sites we inhabit. Encouraging multidisciplinary interaction with flexible time frames, each residency is open to diverse outcomes.

Beijing-based artist Song Dong spent over a year realising 36 Calendars, his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong during his residency at AAA (2012).

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