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Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-shui,山水) - An Insight into the Future

Humanistic Nature and Society - A Peoples Biography

Shanghai Himalayas Museum  2016.9.28 - 12.4

Initiator:Dai Zhikang

Curator:Wong Shun-kit

Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-shui,山水) - An Insight into the Future

Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, China Tour Exhibition | Shanghai
A Project Supported by China National Arts Fund

4F, Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Artists( alphabetical order) 

Chen Bochong, Gao Shiqiang, He Haixia,Hu Xiangcheng, Lee MealeeKorea, Ma Yansong, Ni Weihua, Wang Nanming, Wang Jiuliang, Xie Shichen, Yangjiang GroupZheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan, Sun Qinglin, Yang Yongliang, Yuan Shun

Humanistic Nature and Society - A Peoples Biography

3F, Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Artists( alphabetical order)

Arata Isozaki, Bing yi, Bai Xueshi,Chen Qiji,Chen Linxiang, Feng Zikai, Fei Xinwo, Gao Lei, Gu Yuan, Guan Shanyue, Huang Binhong, Huang Junbi, Huang Chunyao, Huang Qiuyuan, Huang Shanshou, Huang Miaozi + Yu Feng, Jin Le, Jin Shengxi, Lou Shibai, Lan Zhenghui, Li Bo+ Zhang Yong, Li Yifan, *LLND(Laurent Lettree & Nathalie Delpech Aka), Luo Zhijian + Zhang Qingyi, Ni Mogeng, Pan Xiaoling, Qian Songyan, Qin Feng, Qu Yan, Song Di, Tan Dun, Tao Yiqing, Tong Yankui, Wang Lin, Wang Wenji, Wang Suncang, Wu Yifeng, Xie Zhiliu, Xu Yan, Yuan Songnian, Yu Zicai, Yuan Jiang, Yang Qian, Zhou Huaimin, Zheng Mukang, Zhang Mingming, Zhang Xiaotong, Zou Cao, Zhang Jin, Zhang Daqian, Zhu Qizhan

Architecture Part:Reconstructing Utopia  Curator:Ye Cheng

Chris Precht + Sun Dayong, Dai Pu, Feng Feifei, Gao Yuan, Guo Jinda, Han Mengyao + Jacopo Abbate + Martina Mitrovic, He Jianxiang+Jiang Ying, Joanne Chen, Just open Architecture, Li Danfeng+Zhou Jianjia, Mu Wei+ Alain Renk, Shuhei AOYAMA, Ruan Wentao+Liu Zhenyu, Shi Gang, Shi Yang, Wang Wei, Wang Zigeng, Ye Cheng, Ye Min + Blasco Grande Ivan, Zhang Jiyuan +Bu Xiaojun, Zhao Wei

The term “Shan-Shui” is no longer merely about traditional Chinese landscape painting, mountains, great rivers, and pastoral scenes; “Shan-Shui” has become a spirit, which mirrors the ultimate harmony between man and nature. Directly translated as “mountain and water” and symbolizing a spiritual dwelling that is brimming with poetic vision and ideals, it can be traced back to the utopian land that was depicted as Peach Blossom Spring. Shan-Shui has always been rooted in the traditional and modern delineation of landscape and can be perceived in the attempts to reflect on and investigate the contemporary context of society.

When the past, the present and the future meet, our perceptions, experiences and imaginations inevitably and intricately intertwine. In the context of contemporary China, the nation’s dramatic development has led not only to material prosperity but also to drastically growing desires, and the disappearance of many existing ways of life. With such a backdrop, what kind of Shan-Shui practice is happening today? What kind of Shan-Shui society do artists envision as a model for the future?  

Unveiled on September 28, 2016 at the Shanghai Himalayas Museum, the Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui) exhibition is curated by Wong Shun-kit and consists of two parts. Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui) - An Insight into the Future, once a Collateral Event of the 56th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, looks into the future Shan-Shui society, while Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui) - A Peoples Biography focuses on the contemporary practice of Shan-Shui. The exhibition will present images, photography, video, Chinese ink painting, installation, and literature. Audience members will have the chance to have rich interactive experiences as they view both static and dynamic works of nearly a hundred artists from China and abroad.

“Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui) - An Insight into the Future” features three sections: Peach Blossom Spring - The Imagery of the Past, Metamorphosis - The Imagery of the Reality and Shan-Shui Society - The Imagery of the Future. From the delineation of the natural landscape depicted by Xie Shichen and He Haixia, to the problems commonly faced by contemporary people indicated by Yang Yongliang, Wang Nanming and Yuan Shun, and to the presentation, by Ma Yansong, Chen Bochong and Dai Zhikang, of a humanistic approach with a futuristic touch, the exhibition intends to depict a constantly evolving image that inspires reflection and casts light on the visual art language of the future.

In line with “All the World’s Future”, the International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale’s theme for that year , “Humanistic Nature and Society (Shan-Shui)-An Insight into the Future” stands in as the latest attempt to envision and explore a future imbued with the traditional Shan-Shui spirit. The project has gained support from China National Arts Fund in 2015, Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation in 2015, and Propaganda Cultural Development Fund of Pudong New Area in 2015, and was awarded by the Ministry of Culture as an Outstanding Exhibition in China in 2015. The show began its China Tour in March 2016 at the Chongqing Art Museum. It then moved to the Xian Museum of Contemporary Art with its third stop being the Shanghai Himalayas Museum starting from September 28. Beijing will be the next and final destination for the exhibition.

The newly added section, “Humanistic Nature and Society - A Peoples Biography” focuses on the contemporary practice of Shan-Shui. Inviting artists who have brought arts to the villages, the exhibition presents the current practice and role of contemporary art in revitalizing villages.

Plan of Xu Village by Qu Yan presents, from different perspectives, the artist’s practice at Xu Village during the past 10 years. He says, "Plan of Xu Village is not merely a recording and summary of a village art event...the purpose is to understand the impact of social transformation on Chinese villages, and the solution to dealing with it." The theory and practice of "Art to Promote Revival and Renovation of Villages" he proposed talks about the active and complex interactions between art and local government, rooted village officers and villagers.

Xu Village can be categorized as kind of rural construction from the outside to the village itself. Comparatively, Shijiezi Village exhibits an artistic transformation plan initiated by the villagers. The village is located in northwest of China, at 3454 degrees north latitude and 10540 east longitude. It is 5 kilometers north from Qinan county of Tianshui city, south east of Gansu province. This village on the arid area at Liang Mao Ravines of Loess Plateau comprising no more than 13 households has been turned into an art museum. Jin Le, an artist born at Shijiezi Village, was elected as Head of the village in 2008. He made great efforts to transform the village into an art museum. Every year, he invites artists from China and abroad as well as theatre performers to attend the art activities in the village. Villagers and artists work together on the basis of the local characters. He said: "Art makes a better village."

Qu Yan and Jin Le introduced art into the village from a macro perspective, while Wang Lin, Chen Qiji and Gao Lei created workshops to encourage students to collect old family photos and tell family stories, from their own memories as a form of teaching and interaction. Li Yifans Village Archive is an image collection against a diversified society, recording large amounts of video of a western village in China. His work tries to present the universality of western Chinese village societies through the objective recording of his video samples. Zhang Xiaotaos Puzzled Fog is a myth miracle that utilizes cartoons to tell the story of animals establishing a ten mile long steel city along a river of pastoral sights. War, fear of death and struggle are well presented. The work aims to reflect the futile efforts, ignorance, conceit and absurdity of human beings in the pursuit of material goals through the allegory of an animal drama. Yang Qians series Walking In Shan-Shui records his daily walking routes using the now popular software to measure “Shan-Shui” by foot. Zou Caos work leverages modern technology to interact with the audience, as reflected in Travelling in Heart, See the Light for Thinking, and Neither Have Nor None, which expand the concept of "nothingness” in traditional Chinese philosophy to the broader field of contemporary art. Bing Yi, Lan Zhenghui, Qin Feng, and Zhang Mingming salute to the “Shan-Shui” landscape society with their ink paintings, which echo the classic Shan-shui works of Chinese masters Xie Shichen, Zhang Daqian, He Haixia, Feng Zikai and Gu Yuan. The world famous musician Tan Dun uses sound to express feelings of “Shan-Shui”, classic and modern.

An additional architecture section will be presented at the exhibition of “A Peoples Biography”: “Reconstructing Utopia”. Curated by Ye Cheng, this section invites young architects in China and abroad to think about utopia cities and future buildings.

“Shan-Shui society” is a topic that the Shanghai Himalayas Museum has been consistently working on during the past few years. From Let’s Talk about the Environment in the Language of Art in 2012, the presentation of Shan-Shui architecture in the inaugural exhibition “Insightful Charisma” at the museum’s new main space in 2013, to Oh, My Homeland! at the Marrakech Biennale and Lofty Mountains and Dancing Water: A Probe into the City for Tomorrow - Exhibition of Chinese Shan-Shui City at China Cultural Center in Berlin in 2014, the museum has made great efforts to bring into life the essence of Shan-Shui spirit in a contemporary context.

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  • SHM Notice about the Mid-Autumn Festival


    SHM will remain open during the Mid-Autumn Festival(Sep.13th-15th),you are very welcome to the exihibition.Wish you a happy Festival!
  • SHM Notice about the Dragon Boat Festival holiday

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Due to the maintenance of art works and facilities, the visiting hours of exhibition Blissful Land: Into the Depth of Statues & Murals will be adjusted (since March 12, 2018) as follow: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday to Sunday (last admission: 17:00) ; closed on every Monday.

    Please alternate your visit time accordingly and we sincerely hope you have a good time during your visit! 


    Shanghai Himalayas Museum

    March 5, 2018

  • Opening Hours During the Spring Festival 2018

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed from 15th February to 16th February, and reopen at its usual time on 17th February.

    Festival Tickets are required during 17th February to 21st February, please go to the ticket office to get more information.

    Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Notice of Temporary Closure on 15th January, 2018

    “Miracle: The Bellini Family and the Renaissance” has been increasingly popular since its opening on September. To maintain the exhibits and provide a better visiting experience for the audience, Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 15th January, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

  • Notice of Temporary Closure

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum will be temporarily closed at 1:00 pm-6:00 pm from 19th January 2018 to 21st January 2018, please pay attention to alternate your visit time if necessary. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
  • Exhibition Extends

    In response to popular demands from the public, CURRENT: Contemporary Art from Scotland Phase Three exhibition will be extended to 14th November, 2017. During this period, a workshop will be held at Shanghai Himalayas Museum, to help visitors gain a better understanding of the distinctiveness of contemporary art made in Scotland, its grass-roots spirit and keen debates with the social dimensions of art and culture.

  • Opening Hours Adjustment

    Opening hours adjust as follow:

    Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am - 6:00pm

    Entering no later than 5:00 pm

  • Announcing 2016 Artists in Residence (Gwanju)

    Announcing the 2016 Himalayas x Gwangju Artists in Residence

    After a month-long open call for the Shanghai Himalayas Museum Artist-in-Residences 2016 Gwangju Program, we are pleased to announce that we have selected two gifted Chinese artists, Shanghai-based Xu Zhifeng and Beijing-based Xie Yi, from the 49 applications we received, to embark on a journey to Korea as this years artists in residence.

    Congratulations to the two artists and a warm thank-you to all the artists who applied for the open call.



    1983 born Xu Zhifeng is an interdisciplinary artist based in Shanghai and holds a bachelor of architecture from the College of Fine Arts of Shanghai University.

    Past Works

    Mega Sim Card 
    Spray Paint on Concrete


    Mixed Media/



    Look Through ME
    Mixed Media/Photography


    XIE YI

    1984 born Xie Yi received his BFA and MFA in Sculpture from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He is currently based in Beijing.

    Past Works

    Two Classic Works

    Snake and Women


    Snake and Women

    "La Chair" Exhibition

    2016, Shanghai

    Since 2014, Shanghai Himalayas Art Museum has established the long-term strategic collaborative relationship with the Gwangju Museum of Art. Gwangju Museum of Art has recommended many Korean artists to the Shanghai programme, such as Lee Jeong Lok, Kim Dong A, Li Shixuan, Zheng Guangxi, Sobin Park, Ryu Eun, etc. We have also recommended many Chinese artists to Korea, such as Guan Huaibin, Zhang Aidong, You Si, Zhang Qiushi, Zhan Jia, Hu Jiayi, Zhao Jingyan, and Zheng Haozhong.

    On the occasion of Gwangju Biennial and SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, the museum will provide 3 months of exchange programme this year for the young artists in China during late August to mid-November.

  • Exhibition will open until 8 pm on weekend

    Updated Opening Hours for Dunhuang - Song Of Living Beings


    Closed on Mondays

    Open until 9pm on Wednesdays & 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays

    Exhibition Dates:

    November 29, 2015 - March 20, 2016 

  • Extension visiting hours for Mar.5-6

    The museum will open till 8 pm for this weekend, March 5 and March 6.

    Last admission at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for your support and enjoy the show.

    Shanghai Himalayas Museum 

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    Opening Hours & dates during Spring Fesitival

    (Feb.7- Feb. 13)


    Closed on Monday (Feb.8),

    Open until 9:00 pm on Wednesday (Feb.10)

    Wish you a happy Chinese New Year.

  • Grotto No.275 will leave Shanghai on Jan.4, 2016






  • pre-registration for free Dunhuang Tickets

    We are delighted to inform you that your pre-registration online or via email makes you eligible to receive a free gift at the "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference on December 12-13th at Pudong Library. Not only can you enjoy the presentations of famous visual artists, curators, and architects, but you can also win tickets to the exhibitionDunhuang: Song of Living Beings or even a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum!

    In order to win two free tickets to seeDunhuang: Song of Living Beings you must fulfil these requirements:

    Pre-register for the conference online or through email.

    Attend the conferences full day schedule (both morning and afternoon sessions) on either Saturday December 12th or Sunday 13th.

    If you attend both days for both morning and afternoon sessions, you are eligible to collect two pairs of two free tickets to visit Dunhuang: Song of Living Beings or exchange the 4 tickets for a 1 year membership to the Shanghai Himalayas Museum which includes benefits such as:

    Free admission for a year

    Catalogue with 30% off (one for each )

    VIP invitation of opening ceremonies

    20% off for Education Events/Courses (pre booking request)

    Guided Tour for members (except external guide tour)

    Latest information of exhibitions and activities

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    With our Best Regards,

    Shanghai Project

    Information about  "Nihao Shanghai!” Conference:


  • Wednesday Revolution|update of opening hours

    Update of opening hours:

    10:00-18:00 (Last admission 17:30)

    Closed on Monday, Extand to 21:00 on Wednesdays.

    December 7, 2015

  • Guided Tours of Dunhuang

    Guided tours led by the docent team from Dunhuang Academy will be given on a regular basis from 11:00 to 16:00. Guided tours in Japanese, German, French, Korean and English are also available upon reservation. In the meantime, specially-designed pamphlets and guided tours for kids will also be arranged to make the exhibition more enjoyable both to adults and kids.

    For reservation: 021-50339801-2032

    * Reservation must be made 1 week in advance. 

  • Visiting Architecture for Dogs


    Adult:¥ 100 

    Student: ¥ 50

    Group (8+): ¥ 80/person

    Opening Times: 10:00-18:00 Monday-Sunday

    * Small dogs could be carried into the museum

    more about the exhibition 

  • Notification of temporary closure

    Due to special activities, the museum will be closed at 16:00 today.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

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