Modern Chinese Art in a Cultural Landmark
Rockbund Art Museum
Given Shanghai’s Bund area is so steeped in history, it’s refreshingly novel to find one of its largest and most culturally significant buildings newly restored, and dedicated to the country’s thriving modern art scene. Housed in the former Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) building first erected in 1932, Rockbund Art Museum not only showcases the best of China’s most successful artists in ever-evolving, temporary exhibitions, but also offers educational forums and workshops aimed at stimulating public interest, discussion and ultimately, the museum’s cultural legacy.
From 2007 to 2010, as part of the Rockbund Project’s 6-block rejuvenation enterprise, the building’s original Art Deco façade underwent extensive restoration, and renowned British architect David Chipperfield was instated to redesign the interior. Since reopening in 2010, the museum has established itself as one of the city’s top contemporary art spaces by playing host to big local names such as Cai Guo-Qiang and Zhang Huan. Currently showing until December 9 is the Time Traveller group show, featuring the works of Huang Yongping, Liu Jianhua, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, and Yan Lei, all well-known for producing modern art using natural history specimens and replica artefacts. When you’re finished critiquing, head to the sixth-floor café and shop to enjoy a reflective coffee and fabulous Bund views from the chic outdoor terrace.