Shanghai

China



Address:
No. 613 Kaixuan Rd., (close to West Yan’an Rd)
China
200052
Phone: 86-21-61313080
Fax: 86-21-61313080-221
Website: www.kecenter.org

Ke Center For Contemporary Arts

Introduction

The site of Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts used to belong to Shanghai Daming Rubber Factory which was built in 1960s.
As designed, Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts occupies a total floor space of 1,200 square meters. The three-storey building is consisted of three venues, namely, KeSpace, KeStore and KeFresh.

KeSpace is to hold visual art and performances.
KeStore provides books of art, albums, individual art products and multimedia visual or audio products.
KeFresh occupies the quiet sun terrace over-viewing the lake. With creative and healthy refreshments, KeFresh welcomes the most unique guests to interact with performers on a small-scale stage.

Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts is a comprehensive art center, featuring all forms and categories of art.
We will organize performances on a regular base, ranging from opera, concert and dancing. And we will also hold exhibitions frequently, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation and performance art. Our mission is to provide a platform of communication and interaction for all the artists and everyone who loves art.


Exhibitions

Rejected Collection
More the 30 Chinese artists /over 50 rejected proposals
Curator: Biljana Ciric

Venue: Ke Center for Contemporary Arts, Kai Xuan Road 613(near west Yan An road), Shanghai
Co-organizer: Ke Center for Contemporary Arts
Exhibition duration period: September 1st to September 10th, 2007
Opening reception September 8th, 2007, 18:00
Hours: Open daily, 12:00- 20:00, Free Entry
For more information: Please contact biljana.ciric@gmail.com
Or dial 021-61313080
Special Media partners: Buzz, Oriental Morning Post, Art World,

The Salon of the Rejected or Salon des Refuses was an exhibition that started in 1863 in Paris. The concept was to show works that were submitted to Salon de Paris but were rejected by a selection committee.

This exhibition continued its life for few years until the government cancelled funding. Today these same issues are still being questioned. What are the selection criteria of large-scaled exhibitions like biennales, museum shows, artists’ curated exhibition etc? Each exhibition carries it’s own nature and parameters, curatorial structures, changing roles of artists/curators and institutional policies. These all determines what will be shown in the end as a completed project. What we actually see at the end is already selected outcome.

Today in China with the growing interest in contemporary art, institutional infrastructure and curatorial models still happen under different criteria. In the nineties, curatorship, as a profession started to be repositioned in China. Especially within established institutions and museums, curators become key figures. As they gained importance, they also faced problems...+ [ Read all ]




Forthcoming exhibitions

“Ten Style” Contemporary Photography Exhibition
Host: Ke Center for the Contemporary Arts / Shanghai
Curator: Li Fang
Critic: Zhang Wanxin
Time: August 25, 2007 – September 25, 2007
Artists:
Li Gang, Huang Xu, Yin Mengqiu, Dong Wensheng, Li Jun, Wu Chengdian, Zhou Bin, Tony Scott, Ming Ke,Chen Xinzhong

All of a sudden, Chinese society has entered post-modern world in one moment. As a result, the weightlessness of spirits hits us with the unparalleled prosperous of the material life. People start to care about lifestyle and living quality extremely. The rising of material conditions has been settled as criteria for almost everything. The most important spiritual life of people has been deserted into footy corners in this age. The missing gravity in spiritual world and the blundering attitude of thinking has also deeply influenced Chinese contemporary art. At this point of time, superficial symbols and copycat works are growing to be frenetic art trends.
Most of the artists participated in this exhibition belong to the quiet group – or at least they try to be peaceful in the maniac art world. Among them, there is professional photographer, picture artist, painter, writer, even art dealer who is managing an art gallery. Artists come from different backgrounds and art circles, like from Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu. With all the difference among them, they and their works have one thing in common: the care for spiritual lifestyle of a single human existing in this society and culture. As contemporary artists, these people are smart and stylish - some even remind people of ancient intellectuals from Wei and Jin Dynasty.
In this complicated age while ev...+ [ Read all ]


Cost

free for everyone


Opening hours

from 10 a.m. to 20 p.m.
(Ke Fresh from 10 a.m. to 22 p.m.)
We are open every day of the week, all year.


Getting there

Location:
No. 613 Kaixuan Rd., (close to West Yan’an Rd),.Shanghai, China
Pearl Line 3, Subway Line 4 at West Yan’an Stop
Bus No. 74 at the terminal station, or bus No. 71 and No. 127 at Kaixuan Rd. Stop


Driving tips:
1, Take West Yan’an Rd Highway, get off at Kaixuan Rd Exit, take a right turn and go straight forward till reach Anhua Rd. Make a U-turn, drive towards South on Kaixuan Rd for about 30 meters.
2, Take Inner Ring Highway, get of at Xinhua Rd Exit, drive towards North along West Zhongshan Rd. Turn right towards East at the crossroad of Wuyi Rd, till reach Kaixuan Rd, turn right and drive alone for about 30 meters.


Facilities

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Reading & Dining

KeStore provides books of art, albums, individual art products and multimedia visual or audio products.
KeFresh occupies the quiet sun terrace over-viewing the lake. With creative and healthy refreshments, KeFresh welcomes the most unique guests to interact with performers on a small-scale stage.


Museum internal and external photos (8)

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