”What Is Your Dream Museum?,” 2008. Installation view at Art HK 08, 2008. Courtesy Asia Art Archive
Asia Art Archive (AAA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting the recent history of contemporary art in Asia within an international context. Founded in 2000, AAA is a community effort that has grown from a single bookshelf to more than 32,000 items. It is now the most comprehensive collection of research materials in the field—including books and catalogues, audiovisual material, rare periodicals, and individual personal archives—and it continues to grow through a systematic program of research and information gathering. The collection is accessible free of charge from AAA’s physical space, and searchable from anywhere in the world via its online catalogue.
More than a static repository waiting to be discovered, AAA is a proactive platform, instigating critical thinking and dialogue, bringing people together, and organizing diverse public, educational, and residential programs for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA’s commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, which exists not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and facilitating works that continually reshape the Archive itself.