展覽時間：2019-12-21 - 2020-05-17
策 展 人：劉林參展人員：成佳亮,崔潔,福泰基,郭錫麒,胡昀,李巨川,倪有魚,邱岸雄,石青,孫明經,徐悲鴻,張永和
Sifang Art Museum is proud to announce that its upcoming exhibition "Uncompleted", the third part of the 「Topographies" series, will open on December 21, 2019, and will last until May 17, 2020.
This exhibition derives from an unrealized urban planning proposal, "The City Plan of Nanking" (abbreviated as "The Plan" hereinafter), which was first elaborated in 1919. In 1927, after the Nationalist government shifted the capital to Nanjing, they immediately set about creating a new national capital, bringing in European and American ideas in urban planning and experience in city building. This transformed the ancient capital of Nanjing. The aim was to set an example, allowing the entire nation and the people to quickly modernize. In 1928, the Nationalist government invited the American architect Henry Murphy to oversee the overall planning for the new capital. After the plan was created in 1929, it was implemented in pieces until finally being abolished in 1949.
"The Plan" was lauded as the first modern urban planning proposal in China. Not only did the plan establish the basic structure and attributes of contemporary urban space in Nanjing, it also dealt with the desire and imagination of "modernity" in this newly established nation-state. On this level, "The Plan" is not merely one urban planning proposal but is at the same time a microscopic (experimental) modern total plan. It attempted to situate ancient Chinese bodies within an entirely new spatio-temporal order suffused with modern technology and modern living, in the hopes of standing up in the "world's forest of nations".
Starting from this proposal, the exhibition has invited a dozen or so artists to engage in creating and wandering. The exhibition has brought together some important historical archival material related to the "The Plan", allowing artworks (including drawings, installations, texts, videos, and workshops, among others) to serve as annotations—and vice versa—for these old books, letters, drafts, documentary films, photos, maps, allowing the artists' historical experiences/imagination/writings to be displayed in interconnection within the exhibition space alongside the "material evidence" symbolizing history itself. Aside from tracing the origins and details of early modernity in China, the exhibition also attempts to transmit a kind of hybridity concerning modernity, one related to how vastly divergent (even utterly incompatible) forces, stances, attitudes, and dispositions wrestled and intermingled along modern China's path of evolution—thereby exploring the complexities and continuities in the course of Chinese modernity (a process that continues to this day).
Over the course of the exhibition, we will also launch a series of public programming related to urban spaces. We call on everyone to participate in this exploration of the connections between this old proposal and the time and space of contemporary Nanjing.
About Sifang Art Museum
Sifang Art Museum, located in the lush green landscape near Foshou Lake in Nanjing, China, is designed by 'America's Best Architect' (named by Time Magazine) Steven Holl. The museum itself holds high quality, changing curatorial exhibitions based on its diverse collection of international and Chinese contemporary art throughout years. it aims to introduce the newest forms of art and to contribute to the growth of public appreciation for contemporary art while trying to create a destination of art, architecture, design, and other artistic activities in the natural environment of Laoshan National Forest Park.
The collective also features 23 designer homes conceived by world renowned architects including Arata Isozaki, Ettore Sottsass, David Adjaye, Wang Shu, Liu Jiakun, SANNA, Mathiaz Klotz, Ai Weiwei and many more. These villas can be used as artists' studio and short-term holiday rental.