Shanghai’s Art Scene: The Rockbund Art Museum in Urban and Institutional Context
Shanghai is an up-and-coming hot spot of contemporary art.
A Blog Post by Pablo Markin
In Shanghai, China, the Rockbund Art Museum, opened in 2010 with the inaugural exhibition of the world-famous artist Cai Guo Qiang and hosting the annual Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, is one of the key contemporary art destinations. The interior was renovated by architect David Chipperfield before the opening of this space.1
As opposed to Chinese private art museums centered around their collections, the Rockbund Art Museum only stages temporary art shows. Across the years of its existence, the museum team has concentrated on curation. In an effort to professionalize the institution, the Rockbund Art Museum has been carrying out academic research, concentrating on exhibition design and offering educational programs.2
Rockbund is involved in promoting the production and creation of contemporary art through its exhibition activity. Its past exhibitions featured prominent local and international artists, including Song Dong, Phillipe Parreno, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Chen Zhen and Mark Bradford.3
Other museums and galleries are scattered throughout the city, in the art districts in the south of Shanghai in the West Bund area and in the north, such as along the Moganshan road, where the M50 arts district is located. Likewise, trendy art galleries can be found in the former French concession area.
By Pablo Markin
Featured Image Credits: Untitled, June 25, 2010 | © Courtesy of Blaine O’Neill /Flickr.