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China as an Issue Vol.3

Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum

This volume is the third volume of China as an Issue: Artistic and Intellectual Practices since the Second Half of the 20th Century. It can be considered an integral part of Waves and Echoes: A Process of Re-contemporarization in Chinese Art Circa 1987 Revisited, the exhibition organized by Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum from November 14, 2020 to May 9, 2021. It collects 8 essays closely related to the artistic and literary trends and thoughts of the 1980s. Among them are essays written by artists and theorists in the 1980s who had first-hand experience of the artistic events and debates of the period, as well as theoretical texts written by critics and historians since the 1990s, which analyze and re-examine the trends of artistic and literary practices of the 1980s in its historical context.



China as an Issue Vol.4

Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum

China as an Issue vol.4 organizes its content around concepts and methods in the writing of Chinese art and literary history. We have included ten essays, written by scholars in art history, in particular, modern and contemporary Chinese art or literary history. This volume includes both perspectives of Chinese scholars and related discussions by important historians from Australia, the United Kingdom, and Germany. These essays reexamine a certain important event in the writing of Chinese contemporary literary history, consider positions, methods, and rhythms of academic expressions, explore research methods, periodization, and judgement of value in modern and contemporary art history, present foreign scholars' experiences and perceptions of Chinese art historical research, position Chinese art in the framework of global art history, as well as rewrite the sequence of Chinese contemporary art with a continuity-based perspective, as attempted by frontline art practitioners.



Universality and Particularity: What is Asianess?

Naoki Sakai & Sun Ge

The content of this 112-page booklet is mainly based on two keynote speeches and dialogues held at the Inside-Out Art Museum on the afternoon of January 28, 2018. The two distinguished speakers were Professor Naoki Sakai from the departments of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and Professor Sun Ge, researcher at the Literature Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Their research and lectures have all dealt with the historical construction of the norm of the category of Asia and the transcendent perspective "Asia" bears when re-examining issues that are neglected by the established relationship between universality and particularity. The book contains an original transcript of the English speech given by Prof. Naoki Sakai, as well as the Chinese translation of it. Professor Sun Ge revised and extended the transcript of her speech, and this expanded version is included in this publication. The book also includes the conversation between two professors and the questions and answer session with the audience.

In early 2020, Inside-Out Art Museum published a new bilingual version of the book in both Chinese and English.

112 p


Where Did I Miss You

Edited by Liu Ding, Lu Yinghua, and Hong Zicheng

This book is directed by Inside-Out Art Museum, edited by Liu Ding, Lu Yinghua, and Hong Zicheng, and published by Shanghai Commercial Press in 2019. A group of 29 writers, poets, artists, and researchers are invited to write about texts that they have missed or almost missed in their early lives, but turning out to have important impacts on their thinking and production.

The authors are Qian Liqun, Zhai Yongming, Xi Chuan, Sun Yu, Ge Fei, Wang Jiaxin, Lou Ye, Wang Huangsheng, Ding Yi, Qiu Ting, Zhao Chuan, Xu Jian, etc.


Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum cooperates with scholars and artists. As a community of practitioners collaborating across regions and socio-political environments, at the core of Archive Books' work lies a commitment to disrupt Eurocentric epistemologies. As a result, their work is deeply rooted in sustained scrutiny of the role of languages, visuality, and archives in the perpetration of the coloniality of knowledge.