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  • Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection - Assouline
  • Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection - Assouline
  • Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection - Assouline
  • Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection - Assouline
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Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection - Assouline

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Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection - Assouline
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Ian Johnson's addition to Assouline’s Ultimate Collection presents a vivid exploration of the Forbidden City, delving into its historical significance and enduring legacy. With over 100 visuals and artifacts, the book encapsulates the palace's rich history, serving as a living testament to China's imperial past. It offers a glimpse into the lives of those who inhabited this regal realm and pays homage to its lasting influence on Chinese civilization. Housed in a regal red box reminiscent of traditional Chinese lacquerware, this volume stands as a stunning tribute to one of history's most elaborate architectural marvels.

        • Publisher: ‎ ASSOULINE (February 1, 2021)
        • Language: ‎ English
        • Paperback: ‎ 200 pages
        • Item Weight: ‎ 24.9 pounds
        • Dimensions: ‎ 13.98 x 3.19 x 16.54 inches

        Adrian Cheng is a prolific and dedicated collector of contemporary Chinese art, and a powerful force on the global art scene. In 2020, the journal ArtReview ranked him twelfth in its list of the 100 most influential people in the art world. That influence is due in part to his K11 Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation that promotes emerging artists internationally. Cheng also holds positions with some of the world’s leading art institutions, among them the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Met in New York, and the Royal Academy in London.

        John Dodelande, technology-art entrepreneur, businessman, and investor, is perhaps most well-known as a leading collector of Chinese contemporary art. Dodelande has spent the last decade amassing a collection from many of China’s most significant living artists, members of the post-1980s generation who experienced a rapidly urbanizing China.

        The same age as many of the artists, Dodelande feels as if the artists speak the same language he does, a relationship strengthened by his travels to meet the artists in person. “I know them all,” he says. “To be in their studios, observe their body language, and feel their internal force – that helps me make sense of the art.” He feels an especially intense connection to pieces with hidden elements of humor, poetry, and humanity. Dodelande uses his collection to attract well-deserved recognition for the young generation of Chinese artists, from staging events to lending artworks to museums. Dodelande was the first to arrange a contemporary Chinese art exhibit in Georgia. He is convinced that the universality of art is one means to forge a new Silk Road, a meaningful web of commercial and cultural connections between East and West.

        Assouline’s Ultimate Collection is an homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. Hand-bound using traditional techniques, with color plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper, each page of this limited-edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. Treating a range of topics from jewelry and fashion, fine art and the ‘Impossible Collections,’ the Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. Nestled in linen clamshell presentation cases, these books attract collectors, lovers of the printed page, and those who devour the culture of our time. Signaling a new level of sophistication for true connoisseurs, these unique books are works of art in their own right.

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