Research platform is devoted to the intellectual stimuli permeating the Museum's activities. It activates the fundamental process of critical thinking inside an institution, parallel to the making of the exhibitions.

Research platform establishes the sustainability of the Museum as a space to share the content and to decisively enrich the vision of the Rockbund Art Museum.

Research platform contributes to extend the practice of contemporary art by connecting with other fields of knowledge like art theory, anthropology, sociology, art history, cultural studies etc.

Research platform addresses and gathers a community of international and Chinese artists, curators, theoreticians and students from different universities. Workshops, seminars, public lectures, curatorial projects, publications, data base and archives, forums are some formats which will energize the research platform.

Objectives for Research Platform:
  • To establish the expertise of the museum in the knowledge and practice of contemporary art
  • To support curatorial practice in the museum through academic research
  • To network international theorical and curatorial institutes and professionals
  • To stimulate the production and circulation of ideas

Research Programs

Digital Platform RAM+

RAM+ is an extension from the museum’s physical space into the digital world — bringing unique expertise in art and a commitment to sustainable values by supporting selected artists to engage with the possibilities of digital art, and activating a curatorial approach to emerging digital ecology.

As you go… roads under your feet, towards the new future

As you go… centers around the unheard voices and raising awareness to the shared problems underlying different contexts, ranging from China to Balkan, from Ethiopia to Central Asia. Through building a collective knowledge platform organized around the principals of ‘organic cells’ of the research, which together will form a close-knit atmosphere to engage in an entirely novel form of collaboration.


Rockbund Art Museum Launches A New Research Project

Initiated in 2020, CURTAIN is a long term research project, which will be articulated through a series of exhibition formats, discursive platforms and cross-institutional collaborations spanning a three-year period. Seeking to go beyond the fixed definition of an exhibition, the project looks to expand the dialogue with artists through the gathering of critical thinkers and practitioners from other social and cultural fields.

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.

Curatorial Practices In Asia



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