In a previous entry I wrote about the opening of museums in Shanghai. One the China Art Palace and another one The Power Station of Art. I didn’t write anything about The Power Station of Art in my previous entry so I will do that now. The building is actually quite big, around 440 000 square feet and it got its’ name from the fact that the building used to be a power station. This is the first museum in China that is owned by the state who focuses on contemporary art.
The Power Station of Art has had several interesting exhibtions. One very succesful was “Andy Warhol: 15 minutes eternal” from April 29 to July 28th this year. The exhibition showed all of the pieces from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and it covered Warhol’s career from the 1930s to the 1980s and it was divided into four sections.
The exhibition displayed more than 400 pieces of different kinds including paintings, photographs, silk printing, sketches and films. Andy Warhol’s signature pieces were ofcourse part of the show, “Campbell’s Soup Can (1961), “Jackie” (1964) and “Marilyn Monroe” (1967).
Shanghai has collected millions of works of art over the past two centuries and there are actually more than 30 000 works of art kept in the city’s public museums and universities. The massive opening of museums will give the public a good opportunity to view these works of art. In Shanghai the entry to museums are free so the official believe is that there are as many as 3 million visitors yearly to the Shanghai art museums.