Beyond Tradition: Modern Chinese Art in China Art Museum

Discovering Contemporary Masterpieces at the China Art Museu

The China Art Museum, together known as the China Art Palace Museum orthodox Chinese: pinyin: Zhōnghuá Yìshù Gōng; Shanghainese: The Shanghai Art Museum, also known as Zongwu Nyizeh Ghon, is a museum of contemporary Chinese art in Pudong, Shanghai. The museum is located in the former Expo 2010 China Pavilion. It is one of Asia’s biggest art museums.

History of the China Art Museum

The Shanghai Art Museum was the predecessor of the China Art Museum. It opened in 1956 in a former restaurant on West Nanjing Road and was completely rebuilt in 1986. On 18 Walk 2000, the Shanghai Craftsmanship Exhibition Hall was moved to the previous Shanghai Race Club expanding on Individuals’ Square, which had housed the Shanghai Library until 1997. As a result of the relocation, its display area rose from 2,200 to 5,800 square meters.

From 1 May to 31 October 2010, Shanghai held Expo 2010, and the China Pavilion got around 17 million visitors. The China Pavilion was reopened six months after the Shanghai Expo ended due to its popularity.

China Art Museum
China Art Museum

The Shanghai Municipal Government announced on November 13, 2011, the China Pavilion of Expo 2010 will be renamed China Art Museum and become the new home of the Shanghai Art Museum, while the Urban Future pavilion would be turned into the Power Station of Art, a museum for contemporary art.

On China’s National Day, October 1, 2012, the Power Station of Art and the China Art Museum both opened. Over 12,000 people visited the old Shanghai Art Museum over the last two days when it remained open until December 31, 2012. The 64,000 square meter China Art Museum meters, is ten times larger than the previous model.

The architecture of the China Art Museum

The China Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo began construction on December 28, 2007, and the structure was completed on February 8, 2010. It was the Expo’s most expensive pavilion, estimated to cost $220 million US. Because it resembles an antique crown, the Expo’s tallest pavilion, 63 meters high, is known as “the Crown of the East.” The team that designed the building, led by architect He Jingtang, was inspired by the Chinese corbel bracket known as dugong and the ancient bronze ding cauldron.

The architecture of the China Art Museum
The architecture of the China Art Museum

Exhibitions for China Art Museum

The majority of the 14,000 works of art in the China Art Museum’s collection are pieces of contemporary Chinese art.

Origin of Contemporary and Modern Chinese Art

The permanent exhibition “The Bright Moon Rises from the Sea – Origin of the Chinese Contemporary Art and Modern” examines how contemporary and modern Chinese art developed beginning with the Shanghai School at the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is divided into ten units and three periods—the Qing, the People’s Republic of China, and the Republic of China—with more than 6,000 works of art spread across two floors. Lu Fusheng is in charge of curating the exhibition.

Exhibition for noted and well-known painters

The permanent exhibition The Exhibition for Noted Painters features the works of some of the most well-known contemporary Chinese artists. Seven artists’ works are featured in the first phase: He Tianjian, Xie Zhiliu, and Cheng Shifa from the Shanghai School; Wu Guanzhong, Guan Liang, and Lin Fengmian, who were the first to combine Western and Chinese art styles; as well as Hua Tianyou, a pioneer in contemporary Chinese sculpture.

Exhibition for noted and well-known painters
Exhibition for noted and well-known painters

Shanghai’s history and culture are depicted in art

The works on display here were created as part of a government initiative to promote art that celebrates Shanghai’s cultural and historical development. People, historical events, customs, and architecture are among the themes. From 2010 to 2013, the project lasted three years.

21st-century Chinese art

The year-long exhibit “Picturesque China – Developing Chinese Fine Art in the New Century” featured works by more than 260 Chinese artists from the 21st century. It was broken up into five parts. The exhibit came to an end on September 30, 2013.

The especially exhibitions

Special themed exhibitions are frequently presented at the museum. In its inaugural year, it presented more than a dozen special exhibitions, including Taiwanese art, the second Shanghai Photography Exhibition, and paintings by Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet from the Parisian Musée d’Orsay collection.

The Gallery

      • The animated version of the Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival
      • Tao Xingzhi statue
      • A train statue
      • Nie Er and Tian Han, an oil painting work
      • A policeman statue
Art Museum in China
Art Museum in China

Visiting the China Art Museum

With the exception of special exhibitions, which cost 20-yuan, admission is free. Except for national holidays, the museum is closed on Mondays. Nearly 2 million people visited the China Art Museum in its first year of operation.

Location of the China Art Museum

The museum is in Pudong, Shanghai, at 205 Shangnan Road. On Shanghai Metro Line 8, it has its station, the China Art Museum Station. Additionally, Yaohua Road Station is accessible via Lines 7 and 8, as well as more than a dozen bus lines.

Hotels near China Art Museum, Shanghai

  • Mo kong hotel
  • Super 8 Hotel (Shanghai Pudong Airport Chenyang Road)
  • Jinjiang Inn Select (Shanghai Chuansha Metro Station Tourism Resort)
  • Vatica Hotel (Shanghai International Tourist Resort Huaxia East Road Metro Station)
  • Motel Hotel (Shanghai Pudong Airport Chuansha Metro Xinchuan Road)
  • Wassim Hotel (Shanghai Chuansha Metro Station)

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