Art Forum:Imagination Art Museum: The Contemporary Art Museum in Post-Biopolitics Era





Dong Bingfeng

The Contemporary Art Museum in Post-Biopolitics Era

In Japanese sci-fi novel Eternal Forest: Museum Planet, writer Hiroe Suga depicted a blueprint for future museum, which resembles Noah’s ark: the exhaustive collection of human civilization, strict research standard and category. The most important among all is, the curate team, who have all been through brain surgery, so they can directly access the terminal storage database (Mnemosyne, goddess of memory). This particular feature guarantees the preceding of museum’s researches and exhibitions, ahead of narrow-sighted categorizing, and the intelligence production model before.

Of course, the reality is always the opposite of Eternal Forest: Museum Planet. It has only been twenty years since the emerging of China’s art museums which focus on contemporary art. They are encountered with limited collections, inadequate researching ability, and restricted self-curation, not to mention the challenges bestowed by the economical and social environment. 

Abraham Moritz Warburg, Mnemosyne Atlas, 1927-1929

These systematical and environmental obstacles have framed the development of China’s art museums, demanding them to archive and study the history of Chinese contemporary art, as well as to connect with the division of production within the global ecology of art, and the historical order; or to cut out a new strategy combining knowledge imagination and social issues, based on the practice of on-site artistic culture happening in latest China.

Based on his experience of working in domestic art museums and alternative art space in last ten years, Bingfeng Dong will try to discuss the following four issues in this lecture:

(1)The history, collection, and display culture of art museums in China;
(2)The practice of art museum, as an element of history of art;
(3)The emerging of art museum management and public space;
(4)knowledge: the interdisciplinary experiment in art museum.

Through the discussion, he will try to respond to the potentiality of professional construction and development of art museums in China, and the possibility of constructing art history research and interdisciplinary intelligence web. He will also talk about the necessity of emphasizing the involvement of public for art museums.


Bingfeng Dong:Currently the researcher of School of Intermedia Art, CAA. He was the curator of Guangdong Museum of Art and UCCA, the director of Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Li Xianting Movie Foundation, and OCTA Research Center. He is also a member of academic committee of various art institution and art publication. He won the “CCAA Award of Criticism of Contemporary Chinese Art” (2013) and the fifth “Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art” (2015). Mostly his researches focus on image art, independent films, history of contemporary Chinese art, history of exhibition, and theory of contemporary criticism.