New ex­pan­sion across the river for Shang­hai Mu­seum

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By ZHANG KUN in Shang­hai

Now, we want to en­cour­age young re­searchers to present their aca­demic achieve­ments in small and well-cu­rated shows that can be en­joyed by the gen­eral pub­lic as well as well-learned au­di­ences.”

zhangkun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Shang­hai Mu­seum will have a new venue on the east side of the Huangpu River by 2020 as part of the city’s ef­forts to ex­pand its cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties, said mu­seum di­rec­tor Yang Zhi­gang.

The new mu­seum will be lo­cated next to the Shang­hai Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Mu­seum and near the Shang­hai Ori­en­tal Art Cen­ter. The pro­ject is ex­pected to start con­struc­tion this year.

“I hope that by the time the new fa­cil­ity is launched, cab driv­ers will know the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two build­ings and ask their cus­tomers which of the two is the place they want to go to,” said Yang. “Af­ter all, Shang­hai has two air­ports and three rail­way sta­tions. Hav­ing two mu­se­ums will not be un­usual.”

Both venues will fea­ture dif­fer­ent types of art. The new venue, also known as the east wing, will fea­ture pa­per- based art, such as ink paint­ings and cal­lig­ra­phy while the orig­i­nal venue (west wing) at Peo­ple’s Square will host ce­ramic and bronze works. Ac­cord­ing to Jiefang Daily, the new build­ing will be at least twice as large as the orig­i­nal one, which was opened in 1996.

The Shang­hai Mu­seum re­ceives al­most 2 mil­lion vis­i­tors ev­ery year, with most of them be­ing over­seas

Li Zhong­mou,

deputy di­rec­tor of Shang­hai Mu­seum

trav­el­ers. Stu­dents and young au­di­ences only ac­count for a small per­cent­age of the crowds, and Yang said that the new mu­seum is hop­ing to draw more of them and pro­vide bet­ter pub­lic education for the younger gen­er­a­tion via the adop­tion of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tive meth­ods.

Hu Jin­jun, deputy di­rec­tor of the city’s pub­lic­ity depart­ment, said that Shang­hai cur­rently has a to­tal of 121 mu­se­ums — which trans­lates to about 200,000 peo­ple per es­tab­lish­ment, al­most dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age — and that au­thor­i­ties are plan­ning to build an­other 30 im­por­tant cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties span­ning 4 mil­lion square me­ters in the com­ing five years.

The plan in­cludes the ex­pan­sion of the Shang­hai Mu­seum and the Shang­hai Li­brary, the re­fur­bish­ing of the his­toric Dashijie en­ter­tain­ment com­pound and the con­struc­tion of a new opera house.

The mu­seum has also re­leased its ex­hi­bi­tion itin­er­ary for the year, with some of the high­lights be­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of Bud­dhist relics from Ja­pan, a com­par­a­tive ex­hi­bi­tion of China and Egypt with items from the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ber­lin, Ger­many, as well as let­ters, scripts and other hand­writ­ing from renowned artists and academics from the Ming Dy­nasty (1368-1644).

“Tra­di­tion­ally, ex­hi­bi­tions have been pre­sented based on par­tic­u­lar his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods. Now, we want to en­cour­age young re­searchers to present their aca­demic achieve­ments in small and well-cu­rated shows that can be en­joyed by the gen­eral pub­lic as well as well-learned au­di­ences,” said Li Zhong­mou, deputy di­rec­tor of the mu­seum.

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