Current Exhibitions

【Postponement】Adel Abdessemed: An Imperial Message

2022.03.26 - 2022.06.26

Adel Abdessemed probes the wounds of our present. His art, which spans the media of drawing, video, sculpture, poetry, sound, and installation, unfolds as a powerful experience of opposing materials, emotions, and concepts. Titled “An Imperial Message” after Franz Kafka’s short parable, the exhibition features around 40 pieces of work by the artist, among which more than 10 are newly created.

Past Exhibitions

John Armleder: Again, Just Again

2021.10.16 - 2021.12.19

As the inaugural highly anticipated exhibition after the museum’s major renovation, “Again, Just Again” is a celebration of his influential five decade of work and inspired by the many inter-disciplinary detours in art throughout this journey. The exhibition features an ambitious display of new and existing work such as painting, ready-mades, works created on-site, works on paper, site-specific wall drawings, and archival material.

100 Years of The Bund in KhekDhangKe

2021.09.15 - 2021.12.05

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.

Transient Eternity—101 Ignitions of Gunpowder Paintings

2021.07.14 - 2021.08.14

Ten years since their first collaboration, RAM is honored to once again, invite the internationally acclaimed artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who curated RAM’s inaugural exhibition in 2010, to mark this new milestone of the museum’s development. On the occasion of RAM’s 10th anniversary, Cai has created his first Non-Fungible Token (NFT) project “Transient Eternity—101 Ignitions of Gunpowder Paintings”. The artworks will be on view from July 14–August 14, 2021 at TR Lab (


2021.05.15 - 2021.07.25

Rockbund Art Museum and Para Site are thrilled to continue their fruitful cooperation, started in 2019 with the exhibition An Opera For Animals shown at RAM in Shanghai, with the exhibition, Curtain, opening on 15 May 2021 at Para Site’s home and the institution’s temporary venue in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan.


2019.10.18 - 2020.01.05

Building on the success of its bi-annual collaboration, HUGO BOSS is delighted to continue its partnership with the Rockbund Art Museum to launch the 2019 edition of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists. The Award has been at the forefront in supporting contemporary Asian artists as a platform to offer visibility and critical discussion into their work.

RAM HIGHLIGHT 2019: Before the Whistle Blows

2019.09.13 - 2019.09.22

From September 13 to September 22, 2019, Rockbund Art Museum will host its special annual program RAM HIGHLIGHT 2019: Before the Whistle Blows, curated by Hsieh Feng-Rong, Senior Curator of the Rockbund Art Museum. The program comprise of multiple art forms such as video, photography, 360-degree virtual reality installations, song and dance performances, chanting rituals, durational performances, and a bar for chatting.

An Opera for Animals

2019.06.22 - 2019.08.25

Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai and Para Site, Hong Kong are pleased to announce the opening of "An Opera for Animals" on June 22, 2019 at Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai. The exhibition runs through to 25 August 2019 and features 53 artists who challenge existing boundaries between art and other disciplines, including artisans, healers, teachers, researchers, filmmakers, choreographers, activists and poets.

Tobias Rehberger : If you don’t use your eyes to see, you will use them to cry

2019.03.23 - 2019.05.26

The Rockbund Art Museum is very pleased to present the first institutional solo exhibition in China by the renowned German artist Tobias Rehberger. “If you don’t use your eyes to see, you will use them to cry” will be on display from 23 March to 26 May, 2019. Rehberger’s multifaceted work has been instrumental to expanding the possibilities of sculpture, spanning a diverse range of fields that include design, architecture, and conceptual art.

Francis Alÿs: La dépense

2018.11.09 - 2019.02.24

The Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai will present the first large-scale solo exhibition in China by the Belgian artist Francis Alÿs, “La dépense,” from November 9, 2018 to February 24, 2019, curated by Yuko Hasegawa.

Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative

2018.06.08 - 2018.10.08

We have entered the age of digital information overload but our understandings of the others have been gradually dictated by media façades composed of fragmented images and discourses. In order to see through the mirage of media façades, ”Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” aims to bring the spectators to approach the others as close as possible, listening to the others speaking for themselves. The exhibition first realized at RAM in 2016. In 2018, The exhibition relocates to Turin, Italy.

RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018: Is It My Body?

2018.09.29 - 2018.10.04

From Sep 29 to Oct 4, 2018, the annual special project RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018: “Is It My Body?” will be launched at the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) Shanghai. RAM Shanghai will challenge the boundaries of conventional exhibitions and invite the public to participate and interact with the works. Visitors will be able to enter a multi-dimensional art space blending exhibition, concert, performances, workshops, lectures, and other experiences together.

Lin Tianmiao: Systems

2018.06.26 - 2018.08.26

Rockbund Art Museum will proudly host Systems, the first solo thematic exhibition in Shanghai by the artist Lin Tianmiao, curated by Alexandra Munroe. The artist considers the exhibition to be a site-specific project that explores four key concepts: “individual consciousness”, “collective consciousness”, “public consciousness”, and “ultimate consciousness”. With each concept corresponding to a floor in the museum, going from the second floor of the museum all the way to the sixth floor .

Walking On The Fade Out Lines

2018.03.24 - 2018.05.27

The Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai is proud to present the latest exhibition “Walking On The Fade Out Lines” from March 24 to May 27, 2018. The fruit of a fascinating collaboration and exchange with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, one of the most renowned contemporary art institutions in Italy, the exhibition will be curated by Larys Frogier, the director of Rockbund Art Museum, and Hsieh Feng-Rong, the senior curator of Rockbund Art Museum.


2017.10.27 - 2018.02.11

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART: Award for Emerging Asian Artists opened early today at Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai, presenting artworks by the four finalist artists: Li Ming (China), Tao Hui (China), Yu Ji (China), Robert Zhao Renhui (Singapore). The show will present newly commissioned works as well as existing artworks by the four finalists, through which the audience will partake in the artists’ vision of what contemporary art holds in terms of promising potential and new directions.


2017.09.29 - 2017.10.04

Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is delighted to announce the launch of the annual art project “RAM HIGHLIGHT 2017: DISPLACE”, opening on September 29 and running until October 4, 2017. Following the success of the first edition last year, “RAM HIGHLIGHT 2017” continues its exploration of cutting-edge creativity in the fields of contemporary art and culture. Ten artists from around the world will be invited to present a rich and dynamic configuration of programs in the museum over a relatively short

Philippe Parreno: Synchronicity

2017.07.08 - 2017.09.17

The Rockbund Art Museum will present a major solo exhibition by French artist, Philippe Parreno, his first in China. This exhibition is dedicated to the late Xavier Douroux whose influence on Parreno's career cannot be overstated. Curated by the Director of the museum, Larys Frogier, Parreno’s first exhibition in China will occupy four of the museum’s six floors, also extending to its seventh floor glass rooftop.

Song Dong: I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven

2017.01.21 - 2017.06.04

From January 21st to June 4th, Rockbund Art Museum will host a monographic exhibition by leading Chinese artist Song Dong. The exhibition, entitled “I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven”, will be the first major survey of Song’s work in mainland China in 8 years. The exhibition will include some of the artist’s best-known works that have been fundamental in establishing his career, as well as several rarely exhibited works. Amongst the works on display, some pieces have been specially commission

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

2016.09.30 - 2016.12.25

The Rockbund Art Museum is honored to present the first solo exhibition of the influential international artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996) in Greater China. From September 30th to December 25th, 2016, RAM will host a comprehensive exhibition of work by the late American artist, who is renowned for his unconventional methodology and poignant sensitivity. The unique nature of his work takes this exhibition beyond a retrospective; it constitutes a genuine renewal of his art.

RAM HIGHLIGHT 2016 Zhang Ding: Devouring Time

2016.09.04 - 2016.09.11

Rockbund Art Museum is excited to announce a new bi-annual art event, RAM HIGHLIGHT, to open in September 2016. Celebrating the beautiful summertime in Shanghai and the upcoming seasonal art program at the museum, RAM HIGHLIGHT will focus on the cutting-edge creativity in contemporary art and cultural fields by a special project commissioned to one artist or artist group to invest the museum for 8-15 days.

Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative

2016.05.28 - 2016.08.14

“Tell Me A Story” is a group exhibition presented by Rockbund Art Museum. The exhibition features 11 artworks by artists from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Through re-investigating the history, culture and heritage of different locations in East and Southeast Asia, the artists explore, as well as construct, narratives relating to the effects of globalization on local Asian communities.

Heman Chong: Ifs, Ands, or Buts

2016.01.23 - 2016.05.03

“Ifs, Ands, or Buts” is the first exhibition presented by Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in 2016 and the first museum solo exhibition in mainland China for Singaporean artist Heman Chong. The exhibition investigates spaces between text and images, producing new ways of relating the two through 7 new works commissioned specifically by Rockbund Art Museum.


2015.10.30 - 2016.01.03

Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is delighted to partner with HUGO BOSS for the second edition of HUGO BOSS ASIA ART, Award for Emerging Asian Artists, in 2015. Following the success of its inaugural edition in 2013, the award returns with a focus on Greater China but this year it will also encompass Southeast Asia. The shortlisted artists will be announced at the end of June and their works will be shown in a group exhibition at RAM from 30 October 2015 – 3 January 2016.

Chen Zhen: Without going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalized

2015.05.30 - 2015.10.07

This May, Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) will celebrate its 5th anniversary with an ambitious new exhibition “Chen Zhen: Without going to New York and Paris, life could be internationalised,” which will run from May 30 – October 7, 2015. Organized by RAM, curated by international curator Hou Hanru, with Xu Min, the long-term life and work partner of Chen Zhen, as artistic consultant, the show will feature large-scale installations, as well as sketches and notes by this Shanghai-born conceptual artist

Mark Bradford: Tears of a Tree

2015.01.31 - 2015.05.03

RAM is pleased to present the first major museum exhibition in Asia of the celebrated Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford. Commissioned specifically for this presentation, three monumental collage paintings will fill each of the gallery floors of the museum. These exuberant new works titled The Tears of a Tree, Falling Horses and Lazy Mountain are inspired by the artist’s visits to Shanghai and what he found to be the dynamic melding of disparate cultures, economies and functions in the city.


2014.09.13 - 2015.01.04

Rockbund Art Museum is thrilled to introduce the very first exhibition in China of the internationally acclaimed artist Ugo Rondinone, born in 1964 in Brunnen, Switzerland, and living in New York since 1997. Ugo Rondinone’s oeuvre takes up a unique position in the contemporary art scene and his contribution in revisiting the codes and the histories of the visual arts has been exceptional.

Advance through Retreat

2014.05.10 - 2014.08.03

The exhibition aims to look at traditional media from a different angle. It sets out to present artistic positions using traditional media and procedures, such as divination, the game, gambling and traditional strategies— for instance, 'advance through retreat'— in order to develop autonomous languages that utter positions of resistance to the assimilating tendency and the power structures generated and maintained by the lingua franca.

Bharti Kher: Misdemeanours

2014.01.11 - 2014.04.20

Contemporary painter and sculptor Bharti Kher has been engaged with the varying art historical traditions of the readymade, minimalism and abstraction (through repeated gestures and forms), as well as mythology and narrativity for the past twenty years. This fifteen-year survey of Kher’s practice from the early years of the 21st century through to the present constitutes a synthesized overview into a complex and evolving worldview and the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Asia.


2013.09.12 - 2013.12.08

The HUGO BOSS ASIA ART, a new biennale award initiated by HUGO BOSS and Rockbund Art Museum.

From Gesture To Language

2013.04.27 - 2013.08.11

Assembling numerous works originating from the contemporary collection of the Chalcography department in the Louvre as well as major pieces commissioned specially for the show or else stemming from other collections, the exhibition proposes a journey that links up powerful visual and textual constructions in international contemporary art.

A Potent Force: Duan Jianyu and Hu Xiaoyuan

2013.01.26 - 2013.03.31

A Potent Force brings together the work of two strongly individual Chinese artists, Duan Jianyu and Hu Xiaoyuan, both of whom happen to be female. The distinct sensibilities that they each bring to their art are an amalgam of their respective life experiences, of the incidental features of their personal background and the environs in which they grew up.

Time Traveler

2012.09.29 - 2012.12.16

Time Traveler hopes to evoke visually spatial memories of the era of the Shanghai Museum, presenting the overlap of two times and spaces — a natural history and culture muse of the 1930s and a contemporary art museum of 2012, reuniting the two spaces that stand at either end of this temporal axis. All the artists participating in this exhibition have in the past or are still currently working with classical material, dead forms and historical incidents as their mode of expression in their art.

Paola Pivi: Share, But It's Not Fair

2012.07.07 - 2012.09.09

RockbundArt Museum is very proud to present the first major solo show in China of the Italianartist Paola Pivi with her latest outstanding installations and new productions. Born in Italy in 1971, the artist Paola Pivi works and lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Very productive in the international contemporary art scene since 1995, her paintings, installations, performances, photographs, videos are all inspired by an art of making upside down situations.

Model Home: A Proposition by Michael Lin

2012.03.10 - 2012.06.03

Model Home: A Proposition by Michael Lin is an exhibition of new conceptual work, made by Michael Lin in collaboration with fellow artists and craftspersons from a variety of different milieu. The exhibition has its origins in a partnership between Lin and Japanese architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow and has been brought to completion with the cooperation of invited building workers, furniture maker

Zhang Huan: Q Confucius

2011.10.15 - 2012.01.29

The basic concepts of the exhibition Q Confucius have their origins in themes that have long been of concern for artist Zhang Huan’s creative practise: the relationships that humankind, both as individuals and collectives, have with their natural, social and cultural environment, both in our lives and in the broader course of human development; and also the poetic expression of the fundamental nat


2010.10.25 - 2011.01.03

Nine artists who are among the most active in both Chinese and international art worlds today are invited to Shanghai to study, research and explore the histories and realities of both the city and of the Rockbund Art Museum. Most of them will arrive to then spend two to three weeks in a residency (organized by the museum) to produce site-specific projects for the exhibition. During this time, the

2010 Zeng Fanzhi

2010.08.10 - 2010.10.12

As one of the leading figures in Chinese contemporary art, Zeng already enjoys an international reputation. The continual evolution of his style and imagery over the past two decades has been the subject of study and avidly followed by scholars, critics and collectors in China and overseas. A pursuit of the contemporaneity is one of the main themes of Zeng Fanzhi’s exhibition 2010.It is an aim sup

Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant Da Vincis

2010.05.04 - 2010.07.25

Flying saucers, submarines, airplanes, and even an aircraft carrier… it is hard to believe that these gargantuan machines were handmade by ordinary peasants in China. From 4th May onwards, the artist Cai Guo-Qiang will lead a group of peasant creators to takeover the brand new Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai with their whimsical creations for the inaugural exhibition, Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis.



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