The Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is a contemporary art museum which plays one of the finest roles in the creative art scene worldwide. Since its opening in 2010, Rockbund Art Museum has achieved high renown for its exhibitions of acclaimed Chinese and international artists.
The Rockbund Art Museum is the first contemporary art museum in China that is fully devoted to supporting contemporary art production and creativity. The museum was founded as an important part of the Rockbund Urban Renaissance project which aims to renovate heritage buildings and revitalize the cultural milieu for the north end of the Bund through arts, fashion, business and leisure programs. Thanks to substantial financial support to the production of original new artworks, the Rockbund Art Museum conceives and organizes temporary art exhibitions, paying the utmost attention to professionalism and quality content in curatorial practice.
The deep involvement of the Rockbund Art Museum aims to elevate contemporary art and energize the Chinese and international art scenes. This involves exhibiting artworks which represent the most relevant and exciting challenges for contemporary arts, like Cai Guo Qiang, Peasant Da Vincis (2010), Paola Pivi, Share, but it’s not fair (2012); contributing to the production of unseen and on-site artworks, such as Michael Lin’s Model Home (2012); and inviting curators to revisit the practice of exhibitions, such as Hou Hanru’s curation of By Day by Night (with Choi Jeong Hwa, Nedko Solakov, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Sam Samore, Shazia Sikander, Du Yun, Sun Xun, Tu Weicheng, Zhou Tiehai) and Ella Liao’s curation of Time Traveler (with Huang Yong Ping, Yan Lei, Liu Jianhua, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu).
The Rockbund Art Museum is where artists and curators can develop art projects with specific and often strong demands. RAM co-conceives, co-creates and co-operates on monographs and collective exhibitions to balance international and Chinese art, embraces various creative practices to bridge various disciplines such as design, architecture, dance, and promotes major established artists as well as emerging art projects.
The Rockbund Art Museum strives to spread humanistic values and to promote art by offering all audiences the best conditions in encountering artworks, and by being dedicated to the research, exchange and promotion of contemporary art. The recently launched research and education platforms open the museum up for collaboration with universities, foundations and colleges, and co-organizes a wide range of activities in the form of lectures, seminars, screenings, performances, workshops and educational programs, which makes RAM an important force in knowledge production and public education in contemporary society.
The Rockbund Art Museum envisions itself as an open and vibrant museum that strives to provide support to contemporary artists and curators, to confront daring challenges for a creative contemporary art scene, and to generate lively programs of exhibitions and cultural events.