Already 15 years ago, the Aedes exhibition ‘TU-MU’ presented the first generation of independent architects from China – first in Berlin and later in Shanghai – thus bringing them to international attention and acknowledgement. When Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu attended the opening at Aedes in Berlin in 2001, it was his first time outside of China. Ai Weiwei for whom ‘TU-MU’ was the first exhibition in Germany, is now an artist of international fame.
“Zài Xīng Tǔ Mù: Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects”
August 27, 2016 – October 13, 2016
Aedes Architecture Forum,
Now, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory continues this cultural dialogue on architecture and urbanism with China with a specific focus on contemporary museums. The exhibition reflects on the physical and curatorial positioning of museums as drivers of progress within the socio-political and cultural landscape in China today. Tasks and aims associated with museums and cultural spaces are examined against the backdrop of today’s global, digital, urban and demographic challenges, while local factors of heritage and identity and corresponding public and private strategies are also taken into consideration.
The exhibition will present the following 16 Chinese Museums by 15 Chinese Architects:
Ningbo History Museum / Ningbo, Amateur Architecture Studio, WANG Shu / LU Wenyu, Hangzhou
Ordos Museum / Ordos, MAD Architects, MA Yansong / DANG Qun / Yosuke HAYANO, Beijing
Power Station of Art / Shanghai, Original Design Studio, ZHANG Ming / ZHANG Zi, Shanghai
Guangdong Museum / Guangzhou, Rocco Design Architects, Rocco YIM, Hong Kong
Long Museum / Shanghai, Atelier Deshaus, LIU Yichun / CHEN Yifeng, Shanghai
Artron Art Centre / Shenzhen, URBANUS, MENG Yan / WANG Hui / LIU Xiadu, Beijing / Shenzhen
New Workers Museum / Picun Village, organised and operated by local NGO
Xiao Hui Wang Art Museum / Suzhou, Xiao Hui WANG and EXH Design, ZHANG Xi / Erich Diserens, Shanghai
Jishou Art Museum Bridge / Jishou, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, Yung Ho CHANG/LU Lijia, Beijing
Xiao Feng Art Museum / Hangzhou, ZAO/standardarchitecture, ZHANG Ke, Beijing
National Earthquake Memorial & Museum / Beichuan, CAI Yongjie, Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, Shanghai
Museum of Humanities & Arts / Zhujiajiao, Scenic Architecture, ZHU Xiaofeng, Shanghai
Museum of Handcraft Paper / Gaoligong, TAO/Trace Architecture Office, HUA Li, Beijing
Dali Museum of Contemporary Art / Dali, Studio Pei-Zhu, ZHU Pei, Beijing
Earthly Pond Service Centre / Qingdao, HHD_Fun, WANG Zhenfei / WANG Luming / LI Hongyu, Beijing
Suzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum / Suzhou, Vector Architects, GONG Dong, Beijing
Taking the sixteen museums as case studies, the exhibition focuses on the following questions: How is local and national identity defined by the museum design and curatorial strategies? How does the museum
function within the context of its local, social and urban environment? How does the programme influence the spatial form and vice versa?
Curated by Eduard Kögel and conceptualized by ANCB, the exhibition comprises three basic elements: Instead of showcasing photographs of the museums, ANCB commissioned professional painter Yiming Liao from Dafen Village in Shenzhen to interpret the buildings in their urban or rural environment. The resulting oil paintings will be presented in a traditional, museum-style layout, together with a selection of models for each project. Video interviews with the museum architects, provide insights into contemporary approaches to museum-making and its connection to the societal and urban development in China. Written observations, research and analyses, edited by Eduard Kögel, provide multiple perspectives on the subject material.
The selected projects were chosen not alone for their formal novelty. They are also representative of certain aspects in current museum development that allow discussions of societal relevance, or its impact on surrounding urban and rural contexts.By showcasing this new unique selection of museums, which was conceived and made possible in collaboration with ANCB Research Partner Zumtobel, ANCB launches the first exhibition within the long-term programme ‘The Museum of the 21st Century’ – a critical international discourse on the role of the museum in this globalised, brand-oriented and digital age in relation to current socio-political, urban and cultural contexts and changes.