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2024 to be a groundbreaking year for MAM Shanghai.

The Modern Art Museum Shanghai (MAM Shanghai) is preparing to embark on one of its most ambitious and groundbreaking years, with a diverse calendar designed to inspire and educate.

Marina Abramovic, Dozing Consciousness, 1997, 7’29”

In the Chinese calendar, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The mythical creature represents strength and good fortune, and MAM Shanghai’s upcoming programme exemplifies these characteristics.

Featuring globally renowned icons including David Hockney, Marina Abramovic and Robyn Ward alongside 12 modern Chinese artists and their work. Curated by Barbara Pollack, this inspiring exhibition includes watercolours from Wu Jian’an, a series of cyanotypes from Ma Qiusha, oil paintings from Yuan Yuan, and a mural from Wang Qingsong. 

From interactive, participatory sculptures to paintings, immersive installations and contemporary Chinese art, MAM Shanghai’s forthcoming exhibitions are guaranteed to widen our understanding of the modern world and to challenge our views of it, while offering new experiences and perspectives.

The 2024 programme begins in March, when contemporary Irish artist Robyn Ward opens his first exhibition in China with the launch of his immersive solo show, Walking in the Dark. Following on from highly-acclaimed runs in New York and London, the experiential exhibition features abstract paintings and freestanding sculptures inspired by Ward’s own nomadic lifestyle, driven by a need for both escapism and avoidance. Walking in the Dark asks questions such as “Why do people roam?” and “What is the aftermath of perpetual movement?”

Ward’s exhibition runs until May 2024 at MAM Shanghai, and the following month sees the hugely anticipated opening of David Hockney: Paper Trails, the largest-ever exhibition of the acclaimed British artist’s prints. Hockney is renowned for his distinctive approach to printmaking, mirroring the vibrancy and diligent indexing seen in his broader body of work. The works in this exhibition – which runs from June to August 2024 – speak to Hockney’s ongoing dedication to capturing and indexing his life through intimate portraiture and snapshots from daily life. 

Marina Abramovic, Black Dragon
Marina Abramovic, Black Dragon, 1994, pink quartz, metal brackets, Lucite plaque, 87 x 19 x 12 cm. (34.3 x 7.5 x 4.7 in.)
Marina Abramovic Green Dragon Oxidized copper, rose quartz 1989 © Marina Abramovic Courtesy of the Marina Abramovic Archives

From September 2024 through January 2025, MAM Shanghai will host conceptual and performance art pioneer Marina Abramovic’s first Chinese museum exhibition with her Transforming Energy series. The Serbia-born artist has earned widespread acclaim over the past 50 years as a pioneer of performance art, bringing post-war European avant-garde to the mainstream via sheer endurance and dedication to her work. Focusing on interactive, participatory sculptures, Transforming Energy is inspired by one of Abramovi?’s most iconic performances, her walk across the Great Wall of China with German performance artist Ulay in 1988. Engaging with various materials such as quartz, amethyst, tourmaline, copper, iron and wood, Abramovic invites the audience to directly interact with her works, and to receive their energy as a means of transit to a meditative state of consciousness.

Marina Abramovic Mirrors for Departure (Hematite) Hematite sculpture 1994 © Marina Abramovi? Courtesy of the Marina Abramovic Archives Ph: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

With a global and multidisciplinary approach, MAM contributes to the education, knowledge, and enjoyment of art, its values, and message through the presentation of exhibitions and programming of extraordinary quality in an immersive and engaging experience. In keeping with our mission, the 2024 exhibitions will be intriguing explorations in contemporary art and design

said Shai Baitel, MAM Shanghai’s Artistic Director.

MAM Shanghai is keen to celebrate talented artists closer to home as well. Beginning in March 2024, Multiply!!!: Power In Numbers in Contemporary Chinese Art will feature 12 modern Chinese artists and their work. Curated by Barbara Pollack, this inspiring exhibition includes watercolours from Wu Jian’an, a series of cyanotypes from Ma Qiusha, oil paintings from Yuan Yuan, and a mural from Wang Qingsong. 

Modern Art Museum Shanghai. mamsh.art

About MAM Shanghai

The Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Shanghai, China, is an institution with a global and multidisciplinary approach, contributing to the education, knowledge and enjoyment of art through an immersive and engaging experience. MAM Shanghai is the largest contemporary art museum in Shanghai, measuring over 7,000 square meters. Its vast industrial architecture offers a versatile and dynamic space to connect shared cultures of the East and West. Located on the ‘cultural corridor’ of museums and galleries that runs along the riverside in the Pudong New Area, MAM utilizes innovative methods to facilitate public participation and engagement with art.



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