After a six-month facelift, the Shenzhen Art Museum reopens on August 10 with the exhibition “Urban Skin: Research on Potentials of Contemporary Urban Images”, previously mounted at the Tap Seac Gallery, from December 4 to January 15.
Displaying a large variety of artworks, this show includes traditional photos and sculptures, huge electronic billboards, street signs, lamp boxes, and an assortment of data and information from the Internet. It was jointly organized by the Shenzhen Art Museum and Tap Seac Gallery in Macau.
The show brings together 27 works including photographs, posters, videos and installations by 29 mainland and Macao artists. The exhibition runs through August 27.
To emphasize the museum's focus on urban art, the 30th anniversary exhibition examines city life as seen in the gray sky of urban areas, traffic signs, roads and beyond.
Located inside scenic East Lake (Donghu) Park, it opened as the Shenzhen Exhibition Hall. Along the years, it played an important role in promoting and popularizing traditional Chinese art and culture. The institution would invite artists from all over the country to show their works.
In 1987, the Shenzhen Exhibition Hall was renamed the Shenzhen Art Museum, loosing the monopoly on cultural exhibitions since Shenzhen developed immensely. In 2002 the Shenzhen Art Museum focused on contemporary urban art and has been running a series of shows for local artists since then.