The Sigg Collection as a Narrative of Contemporary Chinese Art

28 – 30 March 2015
30 May – 1 June 2015
Further Education


28 – 30 March 2015; or
30 May – 1 June 2015
Venue: Toni-Areal, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK),  Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich

The Contemporary Chinese Art Award (CCAA) looks back on a fifteen-year history. The CCCA is awarded in the following categories (the first three prizes are conferred on an alternating basis to the last one):

  • Life’s Work
  • Best Artist
  • Best Young Artist
  • Best Art Critic

The list of award-winners reads like a “Who is Who?” in the current contemporary scene in China.

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in “Contemporary Chinese Art I” offers creative artists, cultural producers, and members of the general public exclusive insights into contemporary Chinese art, first-hand information about the art scene in China, and a wide range of contacts with relevant local and international institutions and actors. Coursework focuses on two key examples: The Sigg Collection and Hong Kong’s M+ Museum. Sessions build specialist knowledge and skills based on an approach to teaching and research developed especially for this programme. The research undertaken at the Institute for Contemporary Art Research (IFCAR), together with practical case studies on the development of Chinese contemporary art since the 1980s, ensure that this further education opportunity provides a completely new approach to its subject. The programme offers an attractive mixture of theory and practice. Faculty includes some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

The CAS in Contemporary Chinese Art I offers an exclusive approach to CCAA actors, The Sigg Collection, and Hong Kong’s M+ Museum (currently under construction) to explore the development of contemporary Chinese Art through this particular “case,” not only close-up but also with the broadest possible knowledge and experience.


  • Dr. Uli Sigg
  • Michael Schindhelm, Course Director
  • Lars Nittve, Museum M+ Hong Kong
  • Dr. Pi Li, Museum M+ Hong Kong / Sigg Collection
  • Lui Li Anna, Contemporary Chinese Art Award, Art Basel
  • Prof. Christoph Schenker, Institute for Contemporary Art Research, ZHdK
  • Prof. Christoph Weckerle, Department of Cultural Analysis, ZHdK

Course Objectives

The CAS in Contemporary Chinese Art I aims to

  • advance knowledge and professional practice in the field of contemporary Chinese art
  • define collection strategies and their dynamics since the 1990s and for the near future
  • develop criteria for the critical engagement with contemporary Chinese art
  • provide insights into the establishment of an exemplary museum in Asia on the scale of the Centre Pompidou or the Tate Modern using the example of Hong Kong’s M+
  • clarify strategies for the siting of art institutions in Hong Kong as an example of the emergence of a cultural landscape in Asian metropolises

Who should attend

Curators, artists, journalists, cultural producers, gallery owners, collectors, researchers, and teaching faculty in the field of Swiss and international contemporary art

Course Contents

Initiating what will become an ongoing research endeavour, the CAS in Contemporary Chinese Art I provides unique insights into

  • The Sigg Collection as a document of contemporary Chinese art since its beginnings
  • The CCAA as a narrative of the emergence of a Chinese art scene since the late 1990s
  • The establishment of the M+ Museum as a politically independent flagship of contemporary Chinese art
  • Curating contemporary Chinese art
  • Hong Kong as an example revealing the “local” and “global” aspects of an Asian metropolis and its cultural landscape
  • Art and the (art) market from the perspective of Hong Kong as a hub of the international art market


About Michael Schindhelm

Michael Schindhelm is a writer, filmmaker, curator, and adviser to various international organisations (including West Kowloon Cultural District, Hongkong; Strelka Institut, Moskau; OMA, Rotterdam; Skolkovo Innovation Center, Moskau; Zurich University of the Arts). He is the founding director of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority in Dubai, UAE (2007). Previously he served as the director general of the Berliner Opernstiftung (2005 – 2007) and as the artistic director of Theater Basel (1996 – 2006).

Further Information

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