RAM TALK: Building Culture-New Museums in ChinaDec 7, 2013 Saturday 16:00 - 18:00
- 2F Y.W.C.A Building (133 Yuanmingyuan Road, Shanghai)
- Clare Jacobson
China’s recent museum-building boom has been heavily chronicled—and critiqued. During the last decade, more than a thousand new buildings have opened in China: 100 per year on average, with a peak of approximately 400 new museums in 2011. A default narrative has taken hold. The rate of construction is outpacing available art. Museums are empty or filled with forgeries; they lack visitors, curators, and the weight of institutional direction needed for successful futures. They may soon be forgotten. Not so fast.
The new book New Museums in China celebrates a golden era of museum building and cultural appreciation in the world’s most populous nation. Seizing the unique economic and creative opportunity, high-profile architecture firms and up-and-coming new designers are experimenting with form in dazzling ways. Exceptional, often cavernous architecture and smaller design gems are ushering in new physical, and with it mental, space for contemplating art. There are museums of glass, birds, wood, clocks, hand-crafted paper, and more traditional holdings. In mega-cities as well as tiny villages, China’s crop of new museums is impossibly young. Is their supposedly doomed future really set in stone—or steel? Author Clare Jacobson offers an alternative story.
CREDITS AND CAPTIONS
1. China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, MAD Architects. CREDIT: Xia Zhi
2. Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, Steven Holl Architects. CREDIT: Shu He
3. Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xianzhuang Village, Trace Architecture Office. CREDIT: Shu He... Read More
China Wood Sculpture Museum, Harbin, MAD Architects. CREDIT: Xia Zhi
Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, Steven Holl Architects. CREDIT: Shu He
Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xianzhuang Village, Trace Architecture Office. CREDIT: Shu He
Ningbo History Museum, Ningbo, Amateur Architecture Studio. CREDIT: Lv Hengzhong
Xinjin Zhi Museum, Xinjin, Kengo Kuma and Associates. CREDIT: Daici Ano
Free admission, reservation is required.