Design Miami/ Podium x Shanghai 2021/

Wu Gan: The Art of Design

In introducing Design Miami/’s program of collectible design to China for the first time, Design Miami/Podium x Shanghai, in collaboration with Made In House, will explore the curatorial theme of “Wu Gan: The Art of Design” during Shanghai Art Week.

Throughout most of Chinese history, little distinction was made between what we now consider “art” and “design.” It was only beginning with the Industrial Revolution in the West that design became conflated with mass production, form and function—a constraining definition that has once again expanded in recent decades, alongside definitions of art.

“Wu Gan: The Art of Design” takes its name from a concept—first originated from the seminal 5th century text The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons (文心雕龍)—that describes the sensory, emotional and spiritual relationships between the inner world of the individual and the external world of objects and environments.

Curated by Design Miami/ Curatorial Director Aric Chen and Deputy Curator (Shanghai), Violet Wang Ruhui, “Wu Gan: The Art of Design” will explore design as an art form through 20th century and contemporary works, while drawing on Chinese culture’s historical relationship with fine objects to prompt new interpretations in a contemporary, global context. By highlighting the narratives and meanings, craft and processes, and lineages and ideologies of design, the exhibition will present objects to ponder, reflect upon and stimulate discussion.

Aric Chen & VIolet Ruhui Wang
Aric Chen & VIolet Ruhui Wang
Design Miami/ Curatorial Director & Deputy Curator (Shanghai)

Podium Exhibitors/

André Fu/ Hong Kong
Art & Deco Gallery Shanghai/ Shanghai
Art + Shanghai/ Shanghai
Carpenters Workshop Gallery/ London, Paris, New York
Cristina Grajales Gallery/ New York
Etage Projects/ Copenhagen
Friedman Benda/ New York
Gallery Sohe/ Hangzhou
Gokelaere & Robinson/ Knokke
Haozhenhan/ Jingdezhen
Heatherwick Studio/ London
Jiangjiaban/ Xiamen
Li Naihan/ Shanghai
MadeIn Gallery/ Shanghai
Mindy Solomon Gallery/ Miami
Moderne Gallery/ Philadelphia
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office/ Shanghai
Nilufar Gallery/ Milan
Objective Gallery/ Shanghai
Ornamentum/ Hudson
Salon 94 Design/ New York
Side Gallery/ Barcelona
The Future Perfect/ New York
The Wrong Shop/ London
Volume Gallery/ Chicago