Rockbund Art Museum Research Program: Curatorial Practices in AsiaMar 24, 2018 Saturday

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

    Organized by Biljana Ciric and Rockbund Art Museum

    The research platform kicks off in March with the final seminar in November 2018

    About Second Assembly: Exhibition-Making Practices in China and Southeast Asia in the 1990s

    From a History of Exhibitions towards a Future of Exhibition-Making is a platform of seminars initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric with different institutions in the region, including St Paul Street Gallery, AUT (Auckland) and Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai). The platform proposes to revisit the importance of the exhibition, which beyond the artworks themselves is one of the key elements linking art to its wider social contexts.

    The seminars will look specifically at the history of exhibitions in China and Southeast Asia. This will be done through a series of case studies examining how the exhibition as form and medium determines our understanding of artistic practices and how exhibitions as a medium are read and understood in different social and cultural contexts. Addressing this geo-political sphere might provide new approaches to art historical mapping and methodologies as well as anchors for comparative research. This path highlights a route that is based on proximity as the changing climate of attention and redefinition of the region and its inner dynamics.

    While the First Assembly in Auckland examined early exhibitions of contemporary art in different local contexts, the Second Assembly will look at exhibition-making practices during the 1990s in China and Southeast Asia. This specific focus on the 90s attempts to look at the number of complex issues that appear during this period, taking exhibition-making practices as a main vehicle. 

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  • Rockbund Art Museum Research Program: Curatorial Practices in Asia

    The Rockbund Art Museum regards research programs to be a substantial set of practices in a contemporary art institution, practices which support artists, curators, audiences as well as the RAM team itself.

    Research programs should be conceived with the following objectives:

    —activating an on-going process of thinking inside an institution;

    —remaking and contributing to art histories with original angles/perspectives for the future development of contemporary art;

    —supporting the conception of new curatorial, education, and art projects;

    —sharing new ideas and challenges in contemporary art with audiences;

    —networking the museum with researchers and academics who have a strong interest in contemporary art, especially in the contexts of Greater China and Asia.

    Besides the ongoing process of producing and programming exhibitions, it is extremely important for RAM to welcome research projects that provide sufficient time, careful consideration and support for forward-looking perspectives, analyses, research and networking. By offering an impulse, sharing ideas, debating, as well as looking at the past, present and future, research programs make a museum stronger and more sustainable. RAM is not only a place to showcase art products but also a platform to generate exchange, discussions, paradoxes and contradictions.

    In 2018 the Rockbund Art Museum launches a research program entitled “Curatorial Practices in Asia”, the main objective of which is to develop a strong network in Asia with artists, academics, art organizations, independent curators and researchers—with people engaged in innovative research and artistic projects that support a better understanding of contemporary artistic practices in Asia.

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  • About Rockbund Art Museum

    For over eight years Rockbund Art Museum has been at the forefront of the growing contemporary art scene in China, presenting world-class programs in a unique museum setting. A boutique museum of the utmost quality, RAM holds a unique position within Shanghai’s continually expanding cultural scene. The museum is located within the Bund district and housed in an exquisite heritage Art Deco building, which was renovated by the architect David Chipperfield before opening in 2010.

    The museum’s exemplary curatorial, education and research programs showcase acclaimed and emerging Chinese and international artists, responding to and reflecting on present and urgent challenges of society locally and internationally. RAM presents a bold and pioneering program of three exhibitions and a special project “RAM HIGHLIGHT” per year, exploring and realizing artists’ most ambitious projects and working with them to tailor exhibitions to the Museum and to the Shanghai context, often with a large proportion of works b