From a History of Exhibitions towards a Future of Exhibition-Making---“Second Assembly: Exhibition-Making Practices in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s”Nov 24, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 10:00 - 18:00

  • The Rockbund Art Museum is proud to initiate its first project under ‘Curatorial Practices in Asia’, a new research platform dedicated to different local contexts situated in the region. For 2018, the platform has been organized in collaboration with the independent curator Biljana Ciric dedicated to exhibition histories in China and Southeast Asia. Since the beginning of this year, a series of public events and activities have been dedicated to this regional exchange in extension to the second installment of an on-going project by the curator, which culminates into a two-day assembly on the 24th and 25th November 2018, held in partnership with Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong.

    In addition to these discursive events, a Reading Room and an open-call research grant provide another important layer to the project. Currently on display in the museum first floor, the Reading Room provides a diverse collection of resources available to the public: primary archival material, critical readers, original catalogues, artist books, and out-of-print locally produced publications. The museum has also organized an open-call grant to support young researchers to initiate research into overlooked histories related to Mainland China.

  • About the Assembly

    Looking specifically at exhibitions from China and Southeast Asia during the 90s, a series of case studies, roundtable discussions, and keynote speeches will examine the possibilities of exhibitions as a form and medium. They will explore how exhibitions can be read and understood across different social and cultural contexts, highlighting differences within the region, whilst also inviting new approaches and methodologies to pin-point areas for comparative forms of research. The research platform looks to draw further awareness towards the specificity and diversity of practices found within Asia—thereby looking to contribute decisively towards a (re)mapping of exhibition practices and histories using the different perspectives and local contexts found in this region.

    The keynote speakers include Qiu Zhijie, who will discuss exhibition-making practices in China through the prism of the Post Sensibility movement; Patrick D. Flores will provide a context of Southeast Asia in relationship to his concept of the ‘exhibitionary’; and Zdenka Badovinac will reflect on the gestures of re-enacting exhibitions from the era of Yugoslavia, raising questions about what actions to take once a historical exhibition archive is created and how it can be activated in the future again. Other presentations and discussions featured will expand these topics towards other directions, engaging with themes related to the question of temporality, performativity, festival formats, nation identities, gender and representation—from a survey of different historical overviews, the legacy of artist-organized exhibitions will be considered, as well as the roles operated by curators during this period. From these histories, this collective platform will further enable comparative research to go beyond the project into future collaborations.

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  • 2018.11.24-11.25 Assembly Agenda



    10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks

    Larys FROGIER (Director of Rockbund Art Museum)

    Biljana CIRIC (Curator of the project From a History of Exhibitions Towards a Future of Exhibition-Making)


    10:30-11:15 Keynote Speech: Exhibition History of Contemporary Art in China in the 1990s

    by QIU Zhijie

    11:15-11:30 Q&A


    13:00-13:45 Keynote Speech: The Exhibition Problematic and the Asian Dislocal

    by Patrick D. FLORES

    13:45-14:00 Q&A


    14:15-14:45 Translocalism and Contemporaneity: Chiang Mai Social Installation, 1992-1998

    by David TEH

    14:45-15:15 Latitudes of Region, Dispersals of the Curatorial

    by Carlos QUIJON, Jr.

    15:15-15:45 State-Funded International Exhibitions from 1990s to Now

    by Grace SAMBOH

    15:45-16:15 Waste, Noise and Local Art Exhibitions: A Probe into Cultural Practice at the Edge of Taipei Basin During the First Half of the 1990s

    by Wei YU

    16:15-16:45 Round Table with Q&A led by Nikita Yingqian CAI


    17:00-17:30 Cycles with Ends: Swidden Cultivation and Ethnographic Exhibits in Yunnan

    by Maggie J ZHENG

    17:30-17:45 Q&A


    17:45 Closing Remarks

    Larys FROGIER (Director of Rockbund Art Museum)


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  • About Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong (HKU/SSC)

    The Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong established Shanghai Study Centre in 2008. It is housed in the historical Post Office Building, on Suzhou Creek. 

    The Study Centre aims to be a place where new ideas emerge about urban development in the fastest urbanizing region in the world. The public program at HKU/SSC invites critics with challenging opinions, architects with provoking viewpoints, planners with innovative solutions and academics with new theories – all with the aim of understanding the current condition in Chinese cities, and to explore beyond today and tomorrow. The goal is to be able to generate new ideas that can contribute to better, more intelligent and more interesting cities and architecture.

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From a History of Exhibitions towards a Future of Exhibition-Making---“Second Assembly: Exhibition-Making Practices in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s”

Nov 24, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 10:00 - 18:00

Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong (SSC HKU) (Shanghai No.298 North Suzhou Road, Shanghai)

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