Shanghai is the city in China with the largest population and in 2012 laid out an ambitious plan of opening a total of 16 new museums by 2015. The city has already made a mark in the cultural scene by opening institutions like the Rockbund Art Museum, the Songjiang Creative Studio and the Minsheng Art Museum.
Two heavy weights in the art scene opened in 2012 on the former site of the 2010 World Expo, the China Art Palace and the Power Station of Art. These museums are run by the chinese state and are already being compared to icones like the Metroplitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
The China Art Palace is a gigant of almost a whopping 700,000 square feet! The museum displays a wide spectrum of art from both China and abroad. The culture chief in Shanghai said that the scale and configuration of the Art Palace is matchless in Asia and it is close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musee d’Orsay in France.
The Palace is divided into several sections. “Shanghai Brightness” with 600 modern art works, “Congratulations from the World”, with 100 pieces from seven countries. 250 works of the 21st-century Chinese art is shown in “Splendid China”. The “Historical Shanghai Contexts” includes 64 works of art from Shanghai. In the Master’s Hall there are 460 works from famous Chinese painters including Guang Liang and Wu Guanzhong.
I will write about the Power Station of Art in my next blog entry.