Opening: Sept 12－Sept 13, 2014 Duration: Sept 14– Dec 31, 2014, Visit by appointment Venue: Building 8,18 Wuwei Rd. (Near Qilianshan Rd.) Putuo District, Shanghai Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org| www.shanghartgallery.com
Established in 2010, ShanghART Taopu is the first warehouse-style art museum in China. It is a complex space with functions for storage & display, education & research, and exhibition & project, intending to explore new possibilities of rational utilization of space resources for display, conservation, research, and education of contemporary art.
Equipped with standard and wide display space, adequate rooflight design and ideal storey height, ShanghART Taopu provides both warehouse space and excellent visual effects for art displays. By the functions to be performed, the interior layout is divided into Great Hall, Multi-Function Space, Special Exhibition Space, Archive Space, Storage Space, Meeting Room, Working Studio, Artworks Store and Art Café. In addition, with the support of public resources in M50 Top Art Park, such as outer walls of special buildings and landscapes, ShanghART Taopu builds up outdoor display spaces, with each of them possessing its unique function and features.
- The Great Hall (approximately 1,500 sqm) and the outdoor display spaces are used for exhibition of installations and sculptures by artists represented by ShanghART Gallery. In this large-scale exhibition space, ShanghART Taopu displays a bunch of works which have been selected and shown previously in several important exhibitions in both China and abroad, and which play an essential role in development of their creators. Accordingly, it provides original sources and materials for professional research of contemporary art and offers a realistic guidance for public knowing and familiarising contemporary art and its current developing status. The Great Hall also houses bookshelves where art books and relevant periodicals are 4 updated regularly by our staff, supported by an area for reading and public communication.
- Multi-Function Space is a rectangular exhibition room connected to the Great Hall (approximately 135 sqm). The space is designed and positioned for various functions. It can be used together with Special Exhibition Space for theme or solo exhibitions, or video display. It can also work as the venue for academic communication, educational activities and other special projects.
- The Artworks Store lie in the northwest corner of the Great Hall, next to the office (approximately 25 sqm). In the name of ShanghART Supermarket by XU Zhen in 2007, the space is used to display and sell small-scale installations, photography, printmaking and textile artworks produced by ShanghART represented artists, as well as relevant publications, such as books, picture albums, postcards and posters and other art derivatives.
Meanwhile, ShanghART Taopu enjoys excellent supporting facilities, which include storage space, meeting room, working studio and living facilities. The storage space covers approximately 1000 sqm for warehousing of artworks and the inner space includes working area where the staff can pack and restore art pieces. The office area is divided into office and meeting room for both regular work and VIP reception. The living area 5 is equipped with bedrooms and kitchen to meet needs of staff on daily basis, as well as researchers, scholars and artist during residence programme.
As an attempt, educational cooperation is another important academic function of ShanghART Taopu. It is available regularly as the venue for educational activities. Educational institutions can arrange teachers and students having classes in ShanghART Taopu where close contact with artworks is allowed. In “Contemporary Art Exhibition Documentation Project”, we will attract university graduates who during their internship work for enhancement of contemporary art database and thus obtainment of working experience in this industry. Our cooperation plan also includes establishment of residence programme on regular basis, which aims at inviting both native and international artists and contemporary art historians who live and work out of Shanghai to live and create at ShanghART Taopu, for the sake of improving inter-regional communication of art and academics.
As a diversified platform for art communication, ShanghART Taopu will intimately cooperate with people from various realms. We do hope ShanghART Taopu as a new form of warehouse-style art museum will exert its unique power even more.