China seminar 9 April: Fast and Furious: How the Market for Contemporary Art is Emerging in China

China seminar


April 9, 2014, 15:15   —— Leiden University, Arsenaal, room 001


Svetlana Kharchenkova (UvA)


Fast and Furious: How the Market for Contemporary Art is Emerging in China


The Chinese art market, now the world’s second largest, has scarcely existed for two decades. Despite the initial rejection of experimen­tal contemporary art by the Chinese government, China has become one of the most successful examples of an emerging contemporary art market. This talk traces the historical development of the market for contemporary art in mainland China from the late 1970s until now. It highlights how the development of the art market has been influenced by political and economic factors, by actors located both inside and outside the art world, and importantly, by foreign actors and institutions.


Svetlana Kharchenkova is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), the University of Amsterdam, where she works within the large-scale project “The Globalization of High Culture: How Markets for Contemporary Art Develop in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)” funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She studied at Peking University and holds a Research MA degree in Area Studies from Leiden University.



April 23, 2014: Yangdon Dhondup (SOAS) “Alliances and strategic networks: Tibetan Buddhist lamas and the Qing court”

April 30, 2014: Chao Yung-mau (National Taiwan University, IIAS) “An assessment of local politics and its prospect in Taiwan”

plus: May 7, 2014 with Taru Salmenkari and May 21, 2014 with Hilde De Weerdt