A contemporary interpretation of Daoism and installation art practice

Lee, C 2014, A contemporary interpretation of Daoism and installation art practice, Professional Doctorate, Art, RMIT University.


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Title A contemporary interpretation of Daoism and installation art practice
Author(s) Lee, C
Year 2014
Abstract In 1985 at the China Art Gallery (now known as the National Art Museum China), American artist Robert Rauschenberg held the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI). It was the first time in the past 50 years that the Chinese authority permitted a foreigner to hold an art exhibition on its land. Since then, Rauschenberg’s novel method of employing ‘ready-made’ objects to create his installation artworks has sparked interest in installation art among the Chinese artists.

This study investigates how Western installation art has evolved from an art form unbeknown to the Chinese society into an essential existence in contemporary Chinese art forms in a matter of less than three decades. In the course of the development of installation art in China, Chinese artists have proceeded from emulating the Western forms to exploring the malleability of multifariousness of this art form, and enriching their artworks every now and then with traditional Chinese academic and religious thinking such as that of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism. Many of these artists have created artworks that have been inspired by Daoist thinking and concepts. This study examines how some of these Doaism-related installation artworks have connected themselves to the world and captured the gaze of the international art circle.
Degree Professional Doctorate
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Keyword(s) Daoism
Installation art
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