New Year's Greetings

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Jan 24, 2014

Dear RAM members and visitors,

Thank you very much for your continuous and precious support to make the Rockbund Art Museum so attractive, creative for the artists, the publics and the art community.

It is RAM continuing aim to demonstrate that high quality and public success are not mutually exclusive. At the core of our endeavors is the personal experience of the visitor and his/her encounter with the artwork.

In 2013 the RAM enjoyed a series of resounding successes and launched major initiatives for the future. Firstly, RAM consolidated its art expertise and its professional objectives by electing a new Advisory committee made of acclaimed Chinese and international curators and academics: Yuko Hasegawa Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo; Hou Hanru independent curator and new Director of MAXXI Roma; Clara Kim senior curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Alexandra Munroe, PhD Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Jochen Volz Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery in London; Zhao Li Researcher of Fine Art Collage of National Fine Art League, CEO of Academic Research Foundation of Chinese Modern and Contemporary Fine Arts, Beijing.

RAM also launched a long-term and decisive international cooperation project: the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART. Extending in Asia the highly respected and acclaimed Hugo Boss arts program, RAM was extremely proud and successful to organize the jury meetings, the exhibition of finalist artists, and the research and education platform. Entirely devoted to the fresh, creative and dynamic young Chinese art scene, the project constituted a major contribution to support the Asian art community into an international perspective.

During the summer of 2013, RAM presented a much admired and attended exhibition, From Gesture to Language, that staged a fascinating dialogue between writing and engraving as these practices extended the limits of painting, sculpture video and installation.

RAM 2013 arts exhibition program reflects how we highly active on the international front with amazing cooperation and guest curatorial practice. It also demonstrates how we successfully attracted visitors and guests from Shanghai, China and all over the world, fulfilling the mission of RAM to spread humanistic values, nurturing an appreciation for contemporary art within the hearts and minds of the general public, especially of the young generation.

Related to education programs, RAM organized 97 events for the public in 2013, in conjunction with the exhibitions but also in cooperation with local and international institutions. It is important to highlight that in 2013 the RAM education team started a fully curated education program, reshaping the cultural forces in Asia. This program including curators dialogue, artist talks and Invisible “Torrents”, extends the Hugo Boss Asia Art project to a continuous involvement of RAM in connecting and networking with artists, curators and researchers in Asia.

2014 will be a beautiful and exciting year for RAM visitors since we’ll offer very powerful solo exhibitions with artist Bharti Kher and Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. There will be also an important group show with Chinese artists offering a critical view on how contemporary art could revisit tradition. Research will be also a strong impulse in RAM activities through seminars, new theoretical publications and symposiums.

The fact that RAM continues to bloom and grow fills us with enormous pleasure and gratitude. This is particularly true given today’s context in China in which the explosion of private museums request a strong vision, high quality art projects, and full commitment for content in order to achieve a sustainable and internationally acclaimed museum.

RAM team warmly wishes to each of you a very healthy, prosperous and arty year of the Horse!

 
Larys Frogier, Director

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