Responding to Global Art Worlds: Chinese Cultural Diplomacy in Contemporary Art in the 2000s
This thesis investigates the Chinese government's cultural diplomacy in the field of contemporary art in the 2000s. Since 2000, China has launched a cultural revival project with the political goal of strengthening national prestige in a global world. In a new global context, the Chinese government becomes aware of the important role that contemporary artists are playing in representing Chinese culture globally. The government's shift in policy on contemporary art from oppressing to supporting has brought in debates on the independency of Chinese contemporary art. This thesis researches the strategies and frameworks that the government adopted to make sense of and make claims for contemporary art in a new global context in the 2000s. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role that the government plays in the field of Chinese contemporary art in a new global context.