Inside the Yellow Box: Chang Tsong-Zung (Johnson Chang) in conversation with Lynne Howarth-Gladston and Paul Gladston | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2051-7041
  • E-ISSN: 2051-705X



During the early 2000s, Hong Kong-based curator and critic Chang Tsong-Zung (Johnson Chang) developed the concept of the 'Yellow Box' – initially in collaboration with Gao Shiming and Qiu Zhijie – as a critical alternative to the now internationally dominant modes of museum and gallery display known as the White Cube and Black Box. The intention of the Yellow Box is to provide viewing conditions conducive to the showing of contemporary works of art produced using modes of visual expression prevalent traditionally within Chinese cultural contexts, such as those associated with shan shui ink and brush landscape painting. In this conversation Chang reflects critically on implications of the Yellow Box, including its relationship to public space and cultural politics.


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