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).