Title and Statement of Responsiblity

The Monk and the Demon : Chinese contemporary art / Art Director: Faycal Zaouali; Editorial Coordinator: Laura Maggioni; Editing: Annie Van Assche; Translations: Renee Barbier, Marion Bertagna, Prune Cornet, Bernard Hoepffner, Karen Smith, Philip Tinari, John Tittensor, Jean Guy Yang; Photo credits: Blaise Adilon; The Long March Foundation. 

Access status


Edition Statement:

[1st edition]

Publication Statement

Milan, Italy : 5 Continents Editions , 2004


Scope and Content

Catalogue published for the exhibition 'The Monk and the Demon' at the Musee d'Art Contemporain de Lyon from the 9 Jun - 15 Aug 2004. Co-production of the Musee d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Guangdong Museum of Art, and Guy & Myriam Ullens Foundation. 

The exhibition aimed to take the reality created by the newfound popularity of Chinese art and artists as its background, and show how artists have faced this new landscapes and these new problems before and after the changes in offical attitude. The exhbition's title 'The Monk and the Demon' comes from the Chinese proverb 'as virtue rises one foot, vice rises ten'. The demon in this instance refers to the artist's inner being; the concept of 'The Monk and the Demon' hints at the idea that amidst changes in the Chinese environment, the most important thing for the artist to transcend is himself or herself, not the outside world.

This project was realised in China in 2002 with the participation of over two hundred and fifty artists.

Content Extent

183 pages 136 photographs

Content Type

text , still image

Language Information

Latin (is associated with)

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The physical publication is available for research purposes in the CFCCA search room by appointment. Items in our library collection are not available for external loans.


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