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Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection

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Over the last century, China has experienced a period of growth more rapid and utterly transforming than any other nation has experienced in modern history. How can we begin to...

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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.

The Ultimate Collection

Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection

$1,050 USD

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Ultimate Collection curates culture from around the world and across the ages. 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.

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In the details

Each purchase comes with complimentary white handling gloves and our signature tote bag.

Page count

194 pages

Number of illustrations

over 100



Released on

May 2021


W 14 x L 17 x D 2.95 in

Cover materials

Handcrafted edition in a luxury clamshell case




20.0 lb

Text by Adrian Cheng and John Dodelande, Foreword by Philip Tinari

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