New Wave Beyond Yuanmingyuan: An Important European Private Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art

New Wave Beyond Yuanmingyuan: An Important European Private Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art

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Rong Rong

Rong Rong 榮榮 | Rong Rong’s East Village Box 榮榮的東村盒子

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October 6, 06:45 AM GMT


50,000 - 80,000 HKD

Lot Details


Rong Rong

b. 1968

Rong Rong’s East Village Box

metal box, book, 40 gelatin silver prints

metal box: titled in English and Chinese, and dated 1993-1998

book: signed in Chinese and numbered 006 on the first page

each gelatin silver print: signed in Pinyin and numbered 6/38

metal box: 5.7 by 46.4 by 48.2 cm.  2¼ by 18¼ by 19 in.

book: 28.3 by 36.8 cm.  11⅛ by 14½ in.

each gelatin silver print image: 22 by 32.7 cm.  8⅝ by 12⅞ in.

each gelatin silver print sheet: 27.5 by 35.5 cm.  10⅞ by 14 in.

Executed from 1993-1998, this work is number 6 from and edition of 38, plus 2 artist's proofs.









《Rong Rong’s East Village》,《榮榮的東村》,1993-1998




Rong Rong,6/38(每幅)




鐵盒:5.7 x 46.4 x 48.2 公分,2¼ x 18¼ x 19 英寸

書本:28.3 x 36.8 公分,11⅛ x 14½ 英寸

銀鹽照片圖像:22 x 32.7 公分,8⅝ x 12⅞ 英寸

銀鹽照片紙張:27.5 x 35.5 公分,10⅞ x 14 英寸

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner



Jean Marc Decrop and Christine Buci-Glucksmann, Eds., Modernités Chinoises, France 2003, p. 22

Andrea K. Scott, "Inside a Vanished Hub of Beijing's Experimental-Art Scene", The New Yorker, 25 July 2019,, illustrated


Jean Marc Decrop與Christine Buci-Glucksmann編著,《Modernités Chinoises》(法國,2003年),頁22

Andrea K. Scott撰,〈Inside a Vanished Hub of Beijing's Experimental-Art Scene〉,《紐約客》,2019年7月25日,擷取自,載圖

Rong Rong'sEast Village Box is a limited-edition portfolio of fourty of Rong Rong’s most significant photographs taken between 1993 and 1998, photographing the East Village's artistic community and the performances of artists such as Zhang Huan, Ma Liuming, Cang Xin and Zhu Ming from 1993 to 1997. The portfolio includes the diary that Rong Rong wrote when he was living at the East Village with a commentary by Wu Hung.

The initial edition, supported by Chambers Fine Art, was an edition of 800 copies in a carboard portfolio signed only in the preliminary text. This was subsequently limited to an edition of 38, printed on high quality paper and containing photographs that are signed individually. These prints are enclosed in a beautiful metal engraved box.

Apart from containing visually striking photographs, this work is an important document that records the initial stage of performance art by the Chinese avant-garde.

Editions of this work have been collected by many museums around the world such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm, Germany; Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago in Chicago; Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris; and M+ Museum in Hong Kong where nine of the photographs from the portfolio are on public display .