About RAM 关于上海外滩美术馆
Inaugurated in 2010, the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is a non-profit arts organization in Shanghai. Situated within an Art Deco building originally built for the Royal Asiatic Society in 1932, this historical architecture has been restored and renovated by the David Chipperfield Architects.
In considering what it means to be a Shanghai-based contemporary art museum in the 21st century, RAM aims to explore the importance of "archipelago thinking": connecting to artistic culture across Asia and beyond to gain richer perspectives on today's challenges, imaginations, practices, and networks within contemporary artistic practices. We wish to build constructive, creative relationships between multiple localities in Asia and different cultures globally to create a hub for working with a broad range of artists, researchers, and scholars.
With a strong reputation for an innovative curatorial approach, RAM experiments with different models of what an art project can be, from research to alternative learning programs, from exhibition-making to unexpected performative formats. We are committed to cultivating a diverse and deep-rooted connection to our audiences, communities, supporters, and different social and cultural organizations.
By supporting bold contemporary art practices, RAM continually reshapes local histories while responding to global challenges in search of unique visions of life.
The building that houses the Rockbund Art Museum was originally the Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) building. Home to one of the first modern museums in China, the building was once the most influential venue for academic exchange and public education in the Far East.
The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) was the home to one of the first modern museums in China; it was completed in 1932 by the architect George L. Wilson with its exquisite Art Deco spirit combining Western and Chinese elements. In 2007, world-renowned architect David Chipperfield was commissioned to renovate the museum interior with simplicity, grace, and functionality, infusing the historical architecture with the spirit and character of modern and contemporary art.
In 1874, under the support of the Shanghai Municipal Council (SMC), the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society raised money from the local community and built its first permanent venue on 20 Upper Yuen Ming Yuen Road (currently the Huqiu Road), a 2-floor building that had contained a library, a museum, and a lecture hall. The Museum was also known as the “Shanghai Museum”, with collecting natural specimens and cultural artifacts pertaining to China as its main tasks. In 1886, in recognition of the museum’s contribution to the development of local culture, the SMC decided to change the name of the street to “Museum Road”.