The very nature of what new technologies are offering
artists, performers and curators means that the content in this
category will be the most frequently changing, and the most worth
keeping a close eye on via media outlets and the various portals
and resources centers listed elsewhere on this website. Rather
than attempting to pin down all aspects of the art world of greater
China and its diaspora, the information on this page is meant to
steers users to a selection of the best-designed and most informative
sites. For links to places to purchase DVDs, CDs, videos,
etc., please look in the “News and Media” section.
described more fully in News and Media, is a good introduction to
the music, art and media scene in China's major cities, often featuring
Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library,
Nixi Cura, New York University http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/fineart/html/chinese/.
Mainly lists job openings, conferences, and fellowships of interest
to art historians, but also has some links. Conference listings
are often a good way to get an idea of current topics and artists
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York http://www.metmuseum.org/home.asp.
The Met holds one of the premier world collections of Chinese art,
and its website features an excellent selection of digital images
of collection highlights. Most of these can be accessed via
the “Timeline of Art History” feature, which allows for searches
by region, time period, artist, or other criteria.
National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (國立故宮博物院)
One of the world’s greatest museums, and a very fine website with
a nice set of digital images and exhibitions. The site is
available in seven languages, in addition to traditional and simplified
Chinese. The “Digital Museum” section features rotating specially-designed
online exhibitions, but images and background essays on specific
genres, themes and periods can also be found in the “Exhibitions”
and “Explore and Learn” sections. The latter page also provides
an extensive guide and search engine for the Qing archives and rare
book collections housed in the museum, and information on digitization
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Collections:
Art of Asia, Oceania and Africa http://www.mfa.org/artemis/collections/aaoa.htm.
This link brings you directly to information about the museum’s
Asian art collection and Artemis, the site’s search engine for the
MFA’s extensive collection of digital images. Users can take
a tour of the collection by region, or do a keyword search with
or without advanced limits.
The British Museum: Compass http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass/ixbin/hixclient.exe?_IXDB_=compass&search-form=graphical/main.html&submit-button=search.
This link leads directly to the search engine for the British Museum’s
online collection. A must browse for historians and social
scientists interested in material culture as well as for art historians,
as the collection includes such diverse objects as Mao badges, currency
and clothing from various regions and time periods as well as a
sampling of manuscripts.
The Palace Museum, Beijing, China (故宮博物院)
http://www.dpm.org.cn/. This is the museum at the actual site
of the imperial palace in Beijing (a.k.a. the “Forbidden City”),
not to be confused with the museum of almost the same name in Taiwan,
which holds much of the contents of that palace and the
imperial art collection. Though not as comprehensive and a
little more difficult to navigate than the Taiwan NPM pages, this
site also features online exhibitions and digital images of masterworks.
Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation: World Art Treasures
The site for a foundation that leads cultural tours and lecture
series, the key here is the “Country, Region and City Slide Library.”
This includes substantial collections of photographs of art objects
and sites taken in numerous cities around China, and, under the
“Worldwide Museums of Chinese Art” section, of items in major public
and private collections. The library is particularly strong
for Buddhist art, temples and other historical sites.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco http://www.asianart.org/index.html.
One of the largest museums outside of Asia devoted solely to Asian
art. Not many digital images to be found here, but descriptions
of exhibits and performances, links, and opportunities to purchase
the museum’s many useful videos and slide sets.
China: 5,000 Years (Guggenheim Museum) -- Electronic
Exhibition of Modern Section, Ohio State University http://kaladarshan.arts.ohio-state.edu/exhib/gug/intr/china.html.
Digital images of over three hundred paintings and woodcuts from
1850 to the present, culled from the 1998 blockbuster exhibition
sponsored by the Chinese government. Accompanied by
well-written curatorial essays, the reproductions can be viewed
with captions or as full-screen images.
Asia Art Archive http://www.aaa.org.hk/.
A Hong Kong-based research center that documents the contemporary
Asian art world, the Asian Art Archive maintains an extremely useful
website that features listings of current exhibitions both in Asia
and around the world, a newsletter, and links to galleries, bookstores,
image archives and artist sites.
Museums of Taiwan (Council for Cultural Affairs)
A very useful directory of information and links for the many extant
and planned museums in Taiwan, most of which have extensive and
798 Space, Beijing http://www.798space.com/index_en.asp.
This site provides one, telling window onto the fast-growing Chinese
contemporary art scene and its many commercial offshoots.
798 is one of several converted former state-owned factories that
form the Dashanzi (大山子) art district. Besides studio and exhibition
space, artists and organizations also run restaurants, coffeehouses,
bookshops and venues for clubs, fashion shows and other social events.
Chinese Art and Folk Art, Judy Decker, Art Education
Resources Website http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/china.htm.
A collection of links organized by category. Designed for
primary and secondary school teachers, but contains many useful
links to background essays on such subjects as printing, calligraphy,
folk art, etc.
Asian Film Connections, University of Southern
A wonderful site devoted to spreading access to film from China,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan, with some information on Indian
and other Asian cinema as well. Most parts of the website
are available in multiple languages. This is an excellent
place to start for basic history of the film industry in each of
these places, major artists and works, and links to other important
sites. Also a source of information on upcoming festivals,
conferences and other events.
Chinese Movie Database http://www.dianying.com/.
Comprehensive database that provides production information and
synopses in English and simplified or traditional Chinese.
Searchable by title or artist, the database includes early films
as well as current productions, and users can browse special sections
on Oscar nominees, production companies, movie stars, etc. The only
drawback is that the English version of the site in particular is
very pop-up and ad heavy.
A Chinese Cinema Page, Shelly Kraicer http://www.chinesecinemas.org/.
Reviews, articles and links (in English) on films from China, Hong
Kong and Taiwan. This is the place to come for considered
and well-informed reviews that are neither overly academic nor casual.
The site’s reviews are selective, not comprehensive.
The Illuminated Lantern http://www.illuminatedlantern.com/cinema/.
An extremely enjoyable site that not only provides a substantial
review database, but also background essays on commonly found themes
in Hong Kong films, from triads and gamblers to ghosts and snake
women. The focus is mostly on Hong Kong, but there are also
some interesting explorations of the “yellow peril” theme in American
Hong Kong Film Archive (香港電影資料館) http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/.
The archive houses over 4,300 films spanning more than a century,
and regularly publishes monographs, company histories, filmographies
and artist memoirs, which can be purchased via the site. Downloadable
filmographies are also available here.
Chinese Taipei Film Archive (國家電影資料館) http://www.ctfa.org.tw/.
The archive collects and restores films reaching back to the early
Chinese industry in Shanghai, as well as documentary and feature
films produced in Taiwan or international co-productions.
Neocha 新茶 www.neocha.com
A community site devoted to sharing news and making connections
in China's new creative culture, this is a excellent place to find
out about concerts and learn about new music. Artists can upload
music, photo and image files, etc. Much of the content is in Chinese,
but one of the bilingual elements is the Next player, which streams
a rotating selection of Chinese indie music.
Internet Chinese Music Archive http://www.ibiblio.org/chinese-music/.
Bilingual (simplified) Chinese and English site with audio files,
mostly of folk and popular songs. The bulk are from the twentieth
century – here you can find PRC revolutionary songs of different
eras, Teresa Teng favorites, and Cui Jian’s early songs, though
most often only song titles are given, not artist information.
Not a lot of background information, and not very current, but a
handy collection for those who want to avoid searching and downloading.
Chinese Music for Everyone, Chinese Students and
Scholars Association UK http://www.cssa.org.uk/music/.
A similar collection of downloadable songs, instrumentals, opera
selections, etc. As with the Internet Chinese Music Archive,
it helps to know what you’re looking for, but random browsing can
also be rewarding for novices.
CHIME European Foundation for Chinese Musical
An international scholarly organization promoting research in Chinese
music through a journal, a book series, and concerts and other activities
through their base in Leiden. The site features a useful bibliography
of works in Western languages on various aspects of traditional
and contemporrary music.
Chinese Music Society of North America http://chinesemusic.net/.
Based in Chicago, the society focuses on research in and the performance
of Chinese classical music. Its website offers information
about concerts, conferences, research publications and recordings.
Lisa Movius’ Links http://www.movius.us/links/links.html.
Lisa Movius is a freelance writer based in Shanghai; the links page
of her website is particularly good for following alternative music
in Shanghai and Beijing, and for general information on the Shanghai
Birth of a Beijing Music Scene (Frontline: China
in the Red) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/red/sonic/.
The account of Matthew Corbin Clark (a.k.a. kemaxiu), an American
producer who worked with Cui Jian and other seminal Beijing rock
musicians. The page also provides info on newer artists, along
with video and audio clips.
Database of Contemporary Music in Taiwan, Christian
Bibliography, biography and scores of representative works of contemporary
composers working in Taiwan. Bilingual; at present the site’s
creator lack funds to add some planned features, such as a search
engine and sound files.
Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum (林柳新紀念偶戲博物館)
Website for the Taipei museum and its two affiliated performance
troupes, the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company and the Nadou Theatre
Company. Exhibitions and teh website cover the history of puppetry
in Taiwan and elsewhere, as well as the updates to traditional forms
that the companies bring in their new productions.
C.Y.F. Classical Puppet Art (台灣的布袋戲) http://www.cyf-bodehi.com.tw/.
A site developed by a commercial workshop, but full of extensive
information on the history and motifs of Taiwanese puppet theater
and dozens of beautiful images; Chinese only.