100 Years of The Bund in KhekDhangKeSep 15, 2021 - Oct 24, 2021
- RAM Station (No.185 Yuanmingyuan Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, 1F Lyceum Building)
- Xu Ming
- Rockbund Art Museum
About the exhibition
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the Rockbund Art Museum is pleased to present 100 Years of the Bund in KhekDhangKe, casting light on the changing landscape and significant moments along the Bund area and probing into the evolution of urban cultures through comparisons between the past and the present. Curated by Xu Ming, founder of Urban Archaeology, an independent research organization with a focus on the history of Shanghai, the exhibition features 37 groups of panoramic photographs, wet plate photographs, panoramic illustrated posters and landscape paintings of the Bund area from the 19th to the 20th centuries. Being an origin of the drastic development of modern Shanghai, an important destination for both tourists and local citizens, a prominent container for public and private memories, the Bund area in itself epitomizes the centuries-long vicissitudes of the city. Through the old images of the area, we intend to build a channel leading people to travel back to the Bund of the old times, to have an intuitive picture of the glories of the Bund and imbue new verve into the memories of the city.
As a commissioned collaborator of this long-term project initiated by RAM, Xu Ming intends to trace the historical origin and development of the Bund area by integrating historical materials of different periods. Probing into visual and textual materials of the area of the past two centuries, the curator intends to present a panoramic picture of the Bund around the 19th century. Highlights of the exhibition include a panoramic photo of the Bund by Kung Tai Photography Studio and in-depth analysis of the “architecture gallery” along the Bund during that time, including 33 historical buildings such as the Shanghai Club, former French Consulate, former Central Hotel, former British Consulate and HSBC Building. In the glass window space of RAM Station, display panoramic illustrated posters and landscape painting of the 19th century are on view, casting light on the business and natural landscapes of the Bund. Through the images showing the area in different times and from different perspectives, a process of constant integration of eastern and western cultures could be perceived. In addition, a catalogue entitled THE BUND 1882 is published accompanying the exhibition. Featuring over 60 pieces of precious wet plate photographs and hi-res version of the panoramic pictures of the Bund taken by Kung Tai, the catalogue presents a holistic picture of the Bund during mid and late 19th century. In this catalogue, an in-depth introduction of all the 44 historical building along the Bund during that period is presented, which makes it the only photographic catalogue that has made a systematic review of the Bund in the 19th century.
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About “Urban Archaeo”
“Urban Archaeo” is a Shanghai-based independent research group that is committed to expanding the diversity of art/knowledge production in urban culture through organized self-education, inspiring experiences, recordings and surveying, communicating and introspection. Developed and organized hundreds of “Citywalk” as well as lectures, publications, and documentaries that explore disappearing areas that convey neglected histories, “Urban Archaeo” motivates more people to participate in the promotion of the course of history within the context of urban life and historical scene.
About "Khek Dhang Ke"
Launched by RAM, "Khek Dhang Ke" is a long-term platform with a focus on the vicissitudes of the communities and locals in the Bund area. In collaboration with educators, artists, scholars, architects and curators of various backgrounds, we have set up a series of research to delve into the Bund area through regular info exchanges, resource sharing and co-organized public programmes. Derived from the local Shanghainese dialect, "Khek Dhang Ke" means the "living room". Through the establishment of such a platform for cultural exchanges, we hope to foster intimate connections among residents and local groups of communities in the Bund area to enhance and enrich mutual understanding and communication.
A catalogue entitled THE BUND 1882 is published accompanying the exhibition. Featuring over 60 pieces of precious wet plate photographs and hi-res version of the panoramic pictures of the Bund taken by Kung Tai, the catalogue presents a holistic picture of the Bund during mid and late 19th century. In this catalogue, an in-depth introduction of all the 44 historical building along the Bund during that period is presented.