Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art is a young and ambitious museum, established by the Shanghai Zendai Group. Its goal is not only to exhibit orginal art works but also to encourage academic debate and to ignore the traditional definitions of what an art museum is supposed to represent. The museum is located at the Thumb Plaza in Pudong New Area, and has an exhibition space of more than 1500 square meters. The collection is diverse, including the sculptures Thumb from French artist Cesar, Love from American artist Robert Indiana, Figure 1983 from Danish artist Per Kirkeby as well as an extensive collection of contemporary Chinese art. The museum wants to do more then just organize exhibitions, it wants to support academic research and offer artists, curators and the public a place where ideas can be exchanged and where there is room for debate.
Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art consists of several departments who have their own specific program but who work closely together. There is an Exhibition Department, a Media Department, an Education Department, a Business Development Department and a Support Services Department, which are all united under the Director’s Office.
In the rapidly changing Chinese art scene there seems to be a strong need for academic support. It is here that Zendai Moma feels it can make an important contribution. Local artists are encouraged to participate in all different kinds of projects. Not only does the museum actively supports its local cultural network, at the same time it reaches out to the international art scene by cooperating with foreign artists, curators and institutes.
By creating an open and welcoming environment, the Zendai MoMA wishes to support and stimulate a new generation of people who can add a new and original chapter to China’s contemporary culture.