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Date: 28 June – 9 August 2015

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CURRENT |不合时宜: Contemporary Art from Scotland

2015 – 2016

Exhibition Programme | Phase One:

Poster Club: Wheat, Mud, Machine

Edgar Schmitz: Surplus Cameo Decor: Sindanao 2  

28 June – 9 August 2015
Exhibition Preview: 27 June 2015

*CURRENT is a Participant in the 2015 UK-CHINA Year of Cultural Exchange (YoCE)


Shanghai Himalayas Museum, University of Dundee DJCAD  - Cooper Gallery

In partnership with the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General

CURRENT|不合时宜: Contemporary Art from Scotland, a collaboration between Shanghai Himalayas Museum and Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee is a contemporary art exhibition and forum programme at Shanghai Himalayas Museum that showcases for the first time in China the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and its keen debates with the social and political dimensions of art and culture. CURRENT |不合时宜 is co-curated by Sophia Hao and Wang Nanming. 

Hubs and Fictions: On Current Art and Imported Nearness

Shanghai Forum Series #1 

Speakers: Simon Groom, Terry Smith, Wang Nanming and What, How & for Whom/WHW

27 June 2015

The present is the only moment that ever matters.

Under this apparent simplicity, the past and the future are rescinded and in their wake only this perpetually cogent moment is perceived and acknowledged.

Playing off its Chinese title不合时宜 (Untimely) and drawing upon Roland Barthes succinct aphorism “The contemporary is the untimely”, CURRENT questions the political, social and economic discourses that contest this present moment and its apparition as culture.

Immersed in the excessive flow of money, goods and people that constitute the inflating transnational bubble, the ‘contemporary’ revokes the multiplicity of history in favour of a single all encompassing image;now. With this grandiose claim that only this moment is essential, the ‘contemporary’ acts as the crucial fiction for indexing how culture is valued, exchanged and consumed. And it is this fiction that privileges the ‘contemporary’ as the only ground capable of legitimising the broad spectrum of theoretical positions and critical observations determining what is relevant and of course, valuable.

In navigating the flux of the transnational, the ‘contemporary’ offers an affective register for defining a fiction of unity. This is also inscribed in the transnational perception of Chinese contemporary art. After exploding onto the international scene, Chinese contemporary art transmogrified from a plurality of practices into an identifiable ‘aesthetic regime’ by the use of ‘contemporary’ as its stabilising prefix. Through showing contemporary artworks from Scotland in China, CURRENT brings this fictive function of the contemporary into sharp relief.

To provoke a sustained critique on the ‘contemporary’, CURRENT holds these two images of the ‘contemporary’ in proximity, revealing in the words of Barthes, an ‘untimely’ and displaced temporality. Un-anchored from their social and cultural context, these two iterations of the ‘contemporary’ are remediated under the hypothetical universality of the transnational. In this geographical and discursive move, CURRENTchallenges how the ‘contemporary’ functions and ascribes legitimacy.

Showcasing artworks by artists of different generations, CURRENT emphasise the complexity of practices thriving in Scotland. Defined by originality and risk-taking this complexity resists, subverts and transforms how art and culture are stereotypically seen, valued and understood on the international stage.

Including solo exhibitions by Bruce McLean, Poster Club (Anne-Marie Copestake, Charlie Hammond, Tom OSullivan, Nicolas Party, Ciara Phillips and Michael Stumpf), Edgar Schmitz, Ross Sinclair, Lucy Skaer and Corin Sworn, CURRENT also plan to present seminal British Artists’ Video works of the 1970s & 1980s from the REWIND research project at DJCAD and a moving image screening programme of emerging artists’ works from Scotland.

The two opening exhibitions exemplify the curatorial ethos of CURRENT. Surplus Cameo Decor by Edgar Schmitz is a discursive process of artistic and critical dialogue, whilst Wheat, Mud, Machine illuminates the experimental and collaborative spirit of Poster Club which embodies the plurality and complexity of contemporary cultural practice.

Hubs and Fictions: On Current Art and Imported Nearness

Shanghai Forum Series #1: Settings – Nearness as A Utopian Proposition

Located at a critical intersection of European and Chinese perspectives, the CURRENT exhibition programme will be refracted through the Hubs and Fictions Shanghai Forum Series: On Current Art and Imported Nearness. This series of international fora investigate how the material manifestations of the ‘global transnational’ are irretrievably intertwined with its own fictions of ‘the contemporary’, and explores which cultural and political realities determine how today’s multiple contemporaneities are instituted and disseminated.

Key international curators, institutional directors, theorists as well as the artists featured in the CURRENT exhibitions, will borrow from the inventory of filmic productions in order to address geopolitical locations as ‘settings’, narrative strategies as ‘plots’, protagonists as ‘characters’ and finally formal and aesthetic languages as ‘figures of speech’ that resonate with and intervene in the cultural and political realities they operate within.

Hubs and Fictions Shanghai Forum Series #1: Settings – Nearness as A Utopian Proposition will examine the promise of institutionality and discuss the limitations of contemporary art infrastructures, with contributions by Simon Groom, Terry Smith, Wang Nanming and What, How & for Whom/WHW.

Hubs and Fictions: On Current Art and Imported Nearness is co-curated by Sophia Hao and Edgar Schmitz.

CURRENT |不合时宜: Contemporary Art from Scotland  is a collaboration between Shanghai Himalayas Museum and Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and organised in partnership with the Cultural and Education Section of the British Consulate-General.

CURRENT |不合时宜: Contemporary Art from Scotland is kindly supported by the British Council, British Council China, China-UK Connections through Culture, The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Scottish GovernmentGoldsmiths CollegeCURRENT |不合时宜 is a direct result of the Research and Development Trip (January 2014) funded by Creative Scotland. 

CURRENT |不合时宜: Contemporary Art from Scotland is an Official 2015 UK-China Year of Culture Exchange Event. 

Credits of the images in the top album(from right to left):

1、Exhibition poster image 

2、Le Poster Chaud, installation at Glasgow Print Studio, 2011 © Poster Club

3、Edgar Schmitz, ‘Surplus Cameo Decor, Episode 1: palasthotel’ (detail), 2012, photo Ross Fraser McLean, courtesy Cooper Gallery, exhibitions at DJCAD, Dundee


  • Notice of Temporary Close

  • SHM Notice about the Mid-Autumn Festival


    SHM will remain open during the Mid-Autumn Festival(Sep.13th-15th),you are very welcome to the exihibition.Wish you a happy Festival!
  • SHM Notice about the Dragon Boat Festival holiday

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Due to the maintenance of art works and facilities, the visiting hours of exhibition Blissful Land: Into the Depth of Statues & Murals will be adjusted (since March 12, 2018) as follow: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (last admission: 17:00) ; closed on every Monday.

    Please alternate your visit time accordingly and we sincerely hope you have a good time during your visit! 


    Shanghai Himalayas Museum

    March 5, 2018

  • Opening Hours During the Spring Festival 2018

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed from 15th February to 16th February, and reopen at its usual time on 17th February.

    Festival Tickets are required during 17th February to 21st February, please go to the ticket office to get more information.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Notice of Temporary Closure on 15th January, 2018

    “Miracle: The Bellini Family and the Renaissance” has been increasingly popular since its opening on September. To maintain the exhibits and provide a better visiting experience for the audience, Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 15th January, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

  • Notice of Temporary Closure

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 1:00 pm-6:00 pm from 19th January 2018 to 21st January 2018, please pay attention to alternate your visit time if necessary. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
  • Exhibition Extends

    In response to popular demands from the public, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three exhibition will be extended to 14th November, 2017. During this period, a workshop will be held at Shanghai Himalayas Museum, to help visitors gain a better understanding of the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture.

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Opening hours adjust as follow:

    Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Entering no later than 5:00 pm

  • Announcing 2016 Artists in Residence (Gwanju)

    Announcing the 2016 Himalayas x Gwangju Artists in Residence

    After a month-long open call for the Shanghai Himalayas Museum Artist-in-Residences 2016 Gwangju Program, we are pleased to announce that we have selected two gifted Chinese artists, Shanghai-based Xu Zhifeng and Beijing-based Xie Yi, from the 49 applications we received, to embark on a journey to Korea as this years artists in residence.

    Congratulations to the two artists and a warm thank-you to all the artists who applied for the open call.



    1983 born Xu Zhifeng is an interdisciplinary artist based in Shanghai and holds a bachelor of architecture from the College of Fine Arts of Shanghai University.

    Past Works

    Mega Sim Card 
    Spray Paint on Concrete


    Mixed Media/



    Look Through ME
    Mixed Media/Photography


    XIE YI

    1984 born Xie Yi received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is currently based in Beijing.

    Past Works

    Two Classic Works

    Snake and Women


    Snake and Women

    "La Chair" Exhibition

    2016, Shanghai

    Since 2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum has established the long-term strategic collaborative relationship with the Gwangju Museum of Art. Gwangju Museum of Art has recommended many Korean artists to the Shanghai programme, such as Lee Jeong Lok, Kim Dong A, Li Shixuan, Zheng Guangxi, Sobin Park, Ryu Eun, etc. We have also recommended many Chinese artists to Korea, such as Guan Huaibin, Zhang Aidong, You Si, Zhang Qiushi, Zhan Jia, Hu Jiayi, Zhao Jingyan, and Zheng Haozhong.

    On the occasion of Gwangju Biennial and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, the museum will provide 3 months of exchange programme this year for the young artists in China during late August to mid-November.

  • Exhibition will open until 8 pm on weekend

    Updated Opening Hours for Dunhuang - Song Of Living Beings


    Closed on Mondays

    Open until 9pm on Wednesdays & 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays

    Exhibition Dates:

    November 29, 2015 - March 20, 2016 

  • Extension visiting hours for Mar.5-6

    The museum will open till 8 pm for this weekend, March 5 and March 6.

    Last admission at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for your support and enjoy the show.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum 

  • Opening Hours during Spring Fesitival

    Opening Hours & dates during Spring Fesitival

    (Feb.7- Feb. 13)


    Closed on Monday (Feb.8),

    Open until 9:00 pm on Wednesday (Feb.10)

    Wish you a happy Chinese New Year.

  • Grotto No.275 will leave Shanghai on Jan.4, 2016






  • pre-registration for free Dunhuang Tickets

    We are delighted to inform you that your pre-registration online or via email makes you eligible to receive a free gift at the "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference on December 12-13th at Pudong Library. Not only can you enjoy the presentations of famous visual artists, curators, and architects, but you can also win tickets to the exhibitionDunhuang: Song of Living Beings or even a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum!

    In order to win two free tickets to seeDunhuang: Song of Living Beings you must fulfil these requirements:

    Pre-register for the conference online or through email.

    Attend the conferences full day schedule (both morning and afternoon sessions) on either Saturday December 12th or Sunday 13th.

    If you attend both days for both morning and afternoon sessions, you are eligible to collect two pairs of two free tickets to visit Dunhuang: Song of Living Beings or exchange the 4 tickets for a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum which includes benefits such as:

    Free admission for a year

    Catalogue with 30% off (one for each )

    VIP invitation of opening ceremonies

    20% off for Education Events/Courses (pre booking request)

    Guided Tour for members (except external guide tour)

    Latest information of exhibitions and activities

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    With our Best Regards,

    Shanghai Project

    Information about  "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference:


  • Wednesday Revolution|update of opening hours

    Update of opening hours:

    10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)

    Closed on Monday, Extand to 21:00 on Wednesdays.

    December 7, 2015

  • Guided Tours of Dunhuang

    Guided tours led by the docent team from Dunhuang Academy will be given on a regular basis from 11:00 to 16:00. Guided tours in Japanese, German, French, Korean and English are also available upon reservation. In the meantime, specially-designed pamphlets and guided tours for kids will also be arranged to make the exhibition more enjoyable both to adults and kids.

    For reservation: 021-50339801-2032

    * Reservation must be made 1 week in advance. 

  • Visiting Architecture for Dogs


    Adult:¥ 100 

    Student: ¥ 50

    Group (8+): ¥ 80/person

    Opening Times: 10:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday

    * Small dogs could be carried into the museum

    more about the exhibition 

  • Notification of temporary closure

    Due to special activities, the museum will be closed at 16:00 today.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum


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