About RMCA

The Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art (RMCA) is a private, non-profit Contemporary Art Museum that initiates and organizes exhibitions of art, architecture, design, film, photography and video from both China and overseas.

It also promotes academic research, organizes artists' residencies and public programs for schools, universities and adult education, and facilitates exchanges of art, artists and exhibitions internationally.

RMCA is comprised of a group of buildings located at the heart of the Guangzhou Redtory Art and Design Factory District. This former industrial area, situated by the Zhujiang River in the centre of the city, has been repurposed for cultural and leisure use and covers 170,000 square metres with over 100 different structures. 

Made up of factories, sheds, offices and warehouses designed by Russian architects at the beginning of the 1950s, the planning, architecture and still extant machinery expresses the industrial idealism of the 20th century. The outer surface of the main museum building (Hall 1) has since been clad in rough corten steel to emphasise its monumentality and historical significance. 

The exhibition spaces of RMCA cover a total area of over 4,000 m2 spread across six separate buildings (Halls 1, 2, 3 ,4 ,5 & 6). Hall 1 & 2 are over seven meters high, while the other spaces are more intimate.  These resources give flexibility for planning many different kinds of exhibitions, performances and events.

RMCA is a private, non-profit Contemporary Art Museum with the complex function of making exhibitions, promoting academic research, organizing artists’ residencies, running public programs for schools, universities and adult education, and facilitating exchanges of art, artists and exhibitions both within China and overseas.



About Redtory

Following international standards for creative communities, the Guangzhou Redtory Art & Design Factory District, of which the RMCA is a part, has nurtured a wide range of cultural industries, institutions, outlets and amenities to create a living hub in the center of the city - a Central Art District (CAD) - that complements the Central Business District (CBD) nearby.  


The name “Redtory”refers to the spirit of the time in the 1950s, when the canning and food processing factories that characterize the site were built, in that it was an age that was both “red and devoted.” 


In a material sense, the name reflects the red-brick architectural complexes of the repurposed former factories that cover the district that in the Chinese language sounds like both the “(red)(devoted)(factory)” and the “red brick factory.”  Its English name, “Redtory,”  however, perhaps in a sonorous combination of opposites, is derived from the collision of the words “red” and “factory”. 




David Elliott is a British art historian, curator, writer and teacher who has directed museums in Oxford (MoMA 1976-1996), Stockholm (Moderna Museet, 1996-2001), Tokyo (Mori Art Museum, founding director 2001-2006), and Istanbul (Museum of Modern Art, 2007). He is currently Vice Director and Senior Curator at the Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art (RMCA) and Arts District in Guangzhou and chairman of the Advisory Board of MOMENTUM in Berlin.

He has held guest professorships at the Humboldt University, Berlin (Rudolf Arnheim Professor in the History of Art 2008) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Cultural Management 2008-2016).

A specialist in Soviet and Russian avant-garde, as well as in modern and contemporary Asian art, he has published widely in these fields as well as on many other aspects of contemporary art. In 2008-10 he was Artistic Director of The Beauty of Distance: songs of survival in a precarious age, the 17th  Biennale of Sydney; in 2011-12 he directed The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: rebirth and apocalypse in contemporary art, the inaugural International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kyiv; from 2012 to 2014 he was Artistic Director of A Time for Dreams, the IV International Moscow Biennale of Young Art; and from 2014 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of The Pleasure of Love, the 56th  October Salon in Belgrade.

During 2015-18 his exhibitions have included Art from Elsewhere. International contemporary art from UK galleries (Birmingham, Eastbourne, Bristol), BALAGAN!!! Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places (Berlin), Shen Shaomin THERE IS NO PROBLEM (Guangzhou), Social Fabric: new work by Kwan Sheung Chi and Marianna Hahn (Hong Kong) and Bread & Roses: Four Generations of Kazakh Women Artists (Berlin).

Art and Trousers: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Asian Art, his new book, will be published by ArtAsiaPacific, Hong Kong/London in 2019.09.18.