China Focuses on Museums and More International Art Shows
Shanghai Art Museum “Pines” (1995), a work by Wu Guanzhong.
China’s drive to achieve world status in more than just economic power has now turned to art museums, a push that is also resulting in the showing of more Chinese art in the United States.
Here, in the nation’s financial center, the city government recently gave its blessing to a museum of contemporary art to be called an “art palace” — actually an expansion of the China Pavilion of the 2010 World Expo — that will bring the space to some 2.1 million square feet. The project will make it the largest art museum in China and will put it among the largest in the world when it opens on Oct. 1, said Li Lei, the executive director of the Shanghai Art Museum, which will move into the new art palace.
Not to be outdone, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing is holding an international competition to choose the architect for a structure of almost 1.4 million square feet to be built next to one of the capital’s new landmarks, the National Olympic Stadium. The three finalists are the American architect Frank Gehry, the Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid and the French architect Jean Nouvel.
This lineup points to a world-class design, eventually, even if it is a bit smaller than Shanghai’s, Fan Di’an, the director of the National Art Museum, said in an interview. “I would like a design that grows out of the Beijing soil,” said Mr. Fan, who is on the 11-member judging panel. The winner will be announced in several months.
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