Rejected Collection is an archive of rejected proposals by Chinese artists from the early 1980s through to the present day. By focusing on the phenomenon of rejected projects, author Biliana Ciric gains a unique perspective on contemporary artistic practice, curatorial criteria, and art’s ever-shifting position relative to institutions, the market, and experimentation. Cirri’s development of Chinese contemporary art from its underground beginnings to its rise to international attention, public acceptance, and institutional support. At the same time, these rejected proposals provide a mirror that reflects back on foreign art institutions and their expectations regarding Chinese art. Artist interviews and the official reasons for each rejection make this book a thoroughly engaging and unprecedented document.