RAS Weekender

The Glamour Bar

A History of Exhibitions: Shanghai 1979-2006 – Book launch with artists’ conversations

RAS Weekender / M on the Bund Book Launch

SATURDAY November 22nd 2014
4pm for 4.15pm
Glamour Bar, 6/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, Shanghai

A History of Exhibitions: Shanghai 1979-2006
Book launch with artists’ conversations

Artists in conversation: Zhang Jian-jun and Shi Yong
Moderated by Biljana Ćirić
Co-organized by RAS China in Shanghai and Glamour Bar
Language of event: English
Editor of the Book ‘History of Exhibitions: Shanghai 1979-2006’, Biljana Ćirić will be in conversation with Zhang Jianjun and Shi Yong for the book launch reflecting of artists organized exhibitions in Shanghai. 
Both artists played vital role in artists’ organized exhibitions, Zhang Jianjun during 1980’s and Shi Yong since early 1990’s making role of artists as curator important legacy till today. 
The exhibition making practices of Shanghai-based artists is a very intriguing research subject due to its characteristic, which challenged exhibition format and it’s experimentation, which is still a very rare practice and craft in China.
A History of Exhibitions: Shanghai 1979–2006 is a comprehensive archive of artists’ organized exhibitions edited by Biljana Ćirić. 
This selection of over thirty exhibitions is focused primarily on group exhibitions with a select number of solo exhibitions, in which the artists had specific interests in rethinking the way the artwork was promoted and presented. Specific works of art that take the form of exhibitions are also included.
This archive takes a chronological approach, beginning from the 1979 exhibition, Twelve Men Exhibition, which for the first time displayed different works together by artists who didn’t belong to any artists’ association. The early exhibitions presented in the archive are significant for introducing so-called new art or new practices—early experimentations that at the time didn’t have a clear status, and were considered more underground. 
Hand in hand with this, it was the exhibitions rather than the museums that acted as sites for the production of knowledge throughout this period of history in China, which illuminates a very different role for museums in relation to the Western art historical context in which museums, the development of modern art, and the study of art history were very much interconnected. 
The archive ends with 38 Solo Exhibitions organized in 2006 as the symbolic ending point (or pause). 38 Solo Exhibitions lasted only half an hour only.  At the same time, in the years to come a number of museums appeared together with the emergence of a commercial sector, influencing the way artists worked and organized themselves as well, also with less focus on the exhibition making. 
Editor: Biljana Ćirić 
Proof reading by: Steven L. Bridges
Design: Toby Tam 
Published by CFCCA (Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art)
Distributed by Cornerhouse Publishing
Language: english 
ISBN number: 978-0-9576332-2-3 
Jian-Jun Zhang was born in Shanghai, China, and graduated from the Fine Arts Department of the Shanghai Drama Institute in 1979. From 1986 to 1989, he was the Assistant Director and head of the Art Research Department of the Shanghai Art Museum.  Since 1997, he has been a Fine Arts instructor at New York University. This year, he became an Associate Professor at NYU Shanghai.
Jian-Jun Zhang is a contemporary artist active in both Shanghai and New York. His artwork is widely exhibited in museums, art centers, and galleries around the world.  Recently, he showed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, China National Gallery in Beijing, Venice Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum Biennial, and Dresden National Art Museum in Germany. 
Shi Yong was born in Shanghai in 1963. He graduated from Light Industrial School, Fine Arts Department. He resides and works in Shanghai. Shi Yong has exhibited widely since the early 1990’s. Recent shows include Face, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2012); Grasstress 2011, Venice, Italy (2011); Negociation, The Second Today’s Documents, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2010); Shanghai Kino, Shanghai Kino, KUNSTHALLE BERN, Switzerland (2009); The 3rd Nanjing Triennial-Reflective Asia, RCM ART MUSEUM, Nanjing (2008); Think carefully, where have you been yesterday?, BizART, Shanghai (2007); The First Today’s Documents, Energy: Spirit ּ Body ּ Material, Today Art Museum, Beijing (2007); Follow Me!, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2005); Second Guangzhou Triennale, Guangsong Museum of Art, Guangdong (2005); Zooming into Focus, China National Art Museum, Beijing (2005); The Heaven, The World, ShanghART Gallery & H-Space, Shanghai (2004); 4th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2002); Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2002) and BM99, Bienal da Maya, Maya Art Center, Portugal (1999) etc.
Biljana Ćirić is an independent curator based in Shanghai. She is interlocutor for 2015 Asia Pacific Triennale.
Her recent exhibitions include Just as Money is the Paper, the Gallery is the Room (2014) presented by Osage Art Foundation, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back—Us and Institution, Us and Institution (2013 ) presented by Guangzhou Times Museum, Tino Sehgal solo exhibition in UCCA, Beijing  (2013), Taking the Stage OVER (2011–12), Institution for the Future -Asia Triennale, Manchester (2011), Alternatives to Ritual (2012–13) Goethe Open Space Shanghai and OCAT, Shenzhen among others.
In 2013, she initiated the ongoing seminar platform From a History of Exhibitions towards a Future of Exhibition Making. 
She initiated Gift Exchange Residency (2014-ongoing) as part of the work Project Give More Than You Take by Pratchaya Phinthong in collaboration with Maja Ciric, as an attempt to connect the regions and places that lack connection in global art system but possible share similar positions as proposal of self-reflection and activation of possible new connections and researches to come.
Her recent publications include Alternatives to Ritual- Exhibition as a medium in China (2014), published by CFCCA and Goethe Institut, History of Exhibitions- Shanghai 1979-2006 ,(2014)published by CFCCA ( distributed by Cornerhouse), and Active Withdrawal- Life and Death of Institutional Critique(co-edited with Nikita Yingqian Cai) and published by Black Dog Publishing (2014-2015).
Ciric was on jury on number awards including Hugo Boss Asia Art Award (2013) and she is on nominating council for Vera List Prize for Art and Politics (2014/2015).
She is a regular contributor to Broadsheet and Yi Shu Journal, and has been nominated for an ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award (2012)
ENTRANCE:  75 RMB, Students 20 RMB
Includes a glass of wine or soft drink
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