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Sit in China : An Excursion Through 500 Years of the Culture of Sitting, Hardback Book

Sit in China : An Excursion Through 500 Years of the Culture of Sitting Hardback


Text in English & German. The way we sit simultaneously defines privileges, social status, power, and taboos.

Parallel to the presentation of China as the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009, the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt presents a panorama of Chinese sitting culture through a period of five centuries.

Exclusive, noble Ming chairs stand side by side with chairs of the 18th and 19th century used by the middle class of that time.

Limited sitting sculptures by renowned artist designers such as Shao Fan, Freeman Lau, Kenneth Cobonpue, XYZ-Design and Ji Liwei, who is also in charge of the interior design of the Chinese pavilion at the book fair, are confronted with the bourgeois sofas and sitting of the Chinese middle class of today.

The "Bastard Chairs" of migrant workers and the homeless, day-to-day seats improvised out of pure need and made of trash and leftover materials, are commented in the sitting contexts of celebrities: emperors and courtesans, politicians and pop stars, athletes and students of product design show how sitting was done formerly and is done today. It ranges from a man of letters from the Ming era to the Qianglong emperor on the throne to Mao and Nixon in characteristic armchairs in Maos best room.

The most famous contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, will also be represented with an excerpt of his grandiose chair performance at the Dokumenta XII.

Of course, product piracy, which -- as the typical Chinese dipping figure "Shanzhai" -- has mean-while adopted characteristics that define society, is also dealt with.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 185 colour & b/w photos
  • Publisher: Edition Axel Menges
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Furniture design
  • ISBN: 9783936681369



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