Introduction of CAAM
CAAM (CAA Art Museums) is dedicated to building a highland of social aesthetic education and public cultural service, so as to be“Proceeding on Two Highs”; it develops the tradition as well as explores the contemporary, with the goal of “Two-line Road”; it stands its foothold on the native land and looks towards the global, in pursuit of “Two-wheel Drive”. It is an important part of the CAA strategy to construct a world-class university with characteristics, a platform to display the achievements of the unique visual-artistic discipline-constellation of CAA, and an important stronghold to comprehensively further the social aesthetic education, with the responsibilities of spreading visually the core values and promoting the development of contemporary art and culture in China.
CAA Art Museums is to comprise 3 sub-museums: the Art Museum (contemporary arts), the Design Museum (Bauhaus and European modern designs), and the Folk Crafts Museum (ethnic and folk arts), with a range covering both China and abroad, the tradition and the modern. The 3 museums imbedded in the Academy, plus an online museum, will constitute the whole picture of the CAAM museum-constellation.
Museum of Contemporary Art of CAAM
Museum of Contemporary Art of CAAM was set up in 2003, reconstructed on the basis of the Exhibition House whose history went back to the founding of CAA itself in 1928. MCACAAM is located in Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, with good transport facilities, at the side of the West Lake, a world cultural heritage. It uses the methods of visual presentation of art history and artistic expressions of core values, explores the current mission of contemporary arts and the creative representation of traditional arts, and serves for the construction of the service system of public culture. It is a comprehensive museum with multiple functions of exhibition, display, collection, research, spreading of academic achievements, and public education, while providing creative ideas and platform for the all-direction developments of the CAA. It has set up several administrative offices: the Executive Office, the Exhibition Department , the Collection Department, the Research Department, and the Public Education and Promotion Department. The gross floor area is near 8,000m2, with exhibition lines in total of over 1,300m. It has 6 temporary exhibition halls and 1 permanent exhibition hall, all of constant temperature and humidity. Over the years of more than one decade since its inauguration, it has well curated and held over 500 exhibitions of various kinds and scales, tens of which had been of great academic importance, and its own brands of exhibition series have been formed as well. Now it opens to the public all year around.
Since its inauguration, the Museum has held tens of exhibitions of great academic importance, such as the large-scale academic exhibition series The Road of CAA, 1985: an Exhibition Dedicated to 85th Anniversary of CAA, Destiny of Land: The Migrations of Asian Modern Arts and the Geopolitics, Natural Things and Simple Heart: Exhibition of Shi Hui’s Arts, Gist and Grasp: Retrospective Exhibition of 50 Years of Figure Painting in Zhejiang, and Works of Lin Fengmian and his Students. And it has formed its own exhibition brands: Master and Temple: Exhibition Series of Collection Works, 1:1 Project Series, Support Project of Young Artists Series, etc. CAAM roots in the native land as well as looks towards the globe, cooperating with galleries, museums, individual artists from several countries to introduce international exhibitions, such as French Engravings 400 Years: An Exhibition of the Engravings Collection of the Louvre, and Roman Signer: Images, 1975-1989 and Present.
MCACAAM is an important place for public cultural service, a live site of production of knowledge. It has organized several public educational events in coordination with the large-scale events held by CAA. Examples include the musical festival “One Night in Museum” chiming in with the graduate exhibition, the “85 Documentary Film Show” as a part of the 85th anniversary celebration of CAA, and an audience guide for “Script / Not Script”, an international exhibition of calligraphy; it has also designed public educational events for its own exhibition brand, such as the lecture “1:1 Project”, “Master and Temple: A Recitation Meeting of Ni Yide’s Poems and Essays”, “Life of Lin Fengmian”, etc.; various public educational events had also been held to cope with the exhibitions of the Museum, such as the “Master and Temple: Exhibition of Collections”, Independent Animated Film show, the workshop of engravings, the workshop of photography, etc; and finally, the public educational project in forms of lectures, guidance, and discussion: “Face to Face”.
As a live place of production of knowledge, MCACAAM attaches importance to academic research. It regularly publicizes Annuals of MCACAAM, and has publicized for corresponding exhibitions more than 20 books or picture albums, such as The Road of CAA Series Catolog, Collections and the History of CAA, Art and Age: the Paintings of Mo Pu, 85, and Gist and Grasp: The Founding and Development of Figure Painting in Zhejiang in 50 Years.
Collection of works is the foundation of a museum. MCACAAM currently collects near 3,000 works, which cover various artistic categories: calligraphy works and paintings of famous artists ancient and contemporary from China and abroad, Chinese porcelains, bronze wares, sculptures, craft works, folk arts, portrait stones, rubbing copies of cliff inscriptions, etc. Thanks to CAA’s significant weight on the history of the Chinese modern and contemporary artistic education, there is a fairly systemic collection of the works by modern and contemporary masters of Chinese painting, such as Huang Binhong, Pan Tianshou, Lin Fengmian, Lu Yanshao. And It also has rich collections of works by oil painters such as Yan Wenliang, Ni Yide, and printmakers such as Li Qun, Yan Han, Wu Fan. Since lots of famous artists had studied or worked in CAA, the collection of their works is an important part of the whole one. Most of these alumni affectionately support the collection enterprise of their alma mater, and donate their representative works free of charge, which is a feature of the collection of CAAM.
218, Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Post Code: 310002
Tel:+86(0)571 87164633 (Executive Office)
+86(0)571 87164848 (Exhibition Department )
+86(0)571 87164819 (Collection Department)
+86(0)571 87164628 (Research Department)
+86(0)571 87164841 (Public Education and Promotion Department)