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CCAA | Chinese Contemporary Art Award

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Create a journal entry: Where ist the CCAA heading?

Journal Assignment

After learning about the CCAA and its eventful history, in which direction do you see the award heading and why?

Share your experiences and have a look a the journals of other participants.
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Where is the CCAA heading?

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The CCAA's main focus now is on institutionalisation and stabilty, becoming part of China's complex of art institutions, with a clearly defined brand for itself as the award that pioneered the internationalisation of contemporary Chinese art. It is seeking to ensure that it achieves and maintains the highest standards of professionalism and the association with M+ is contributing further to its professionalisation. This follows on from having curators of international stature jury the awards.

As the Grand Old Lady of Chinese contempoary art prizes, it is seeking to create a special role for itself in Chna's contemporary art scene by seeking to foster education and knowledge of Chinese contemporary art. Its deep connections with leading contemporary Chinese artists and with curators will certainly be of help in this endeavour. So, too, will be its access to the experts at M+ and the relationship of Mr. Sigg with that institution.

Its focus is now on this educational role because the original purpose of the award, to map the Chinese contemporary art scene and promote it internationally, has been realised and I assume that Chinese universities are also playing a role in mapping Chinese contemporary art now. This educational role allows the CCAA to remain relevant to the Chinese contemporary art scene while filling a real need, just as its earlier mission filled a real need.

At the same time, the focus on institutionalisation and professionalism is necessary at this juncture since China is now an international power and a much more sophisticated society, so that operating out of a PO box would tend to detract from the credibility of the award. The rise in major art galleries in Beijing like 798 and other institutions related to art also make it imperative that CCAA appear more than a type of hobby but an actual part of the fabric of the Chinese contemporary art community, namely, as an institution.

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