China launches new art museums

23rd Oct 2012

Culture vultures heading to China on holiday can now find plenty to sate their appetite for art with two new Shanghai museums.

The two institutions are based on the former site of the 2010 World Expo and see China bid to rank itself alongside the world's great art capitals.

The former China pavilion is now home to the China Art Museum which is intended to be Shanghai's premier venue for modern art.

Culture chief for Shanghai Hu Jinjun likened the new museum to other major international art venues in Europe and the US.

Jinjun said: "The scale and configuration is matchless in Asia. It is close to America's Metropolitan Museum of Art, France's Musee d'Orsay and other internationally famous art museums."

Meanwhile, a new contemporary art museum dubbed the Power Station Of Art is likely to be adored by holidaymakers who grew up in the 1980s, as it's showing works from the decade onwards. It's also set to host Shanghai's annual art festival. The title pays lip service to the site's original use.

A Shanghai-based artist and arts writer, Chris Gill, told the AFP the museums were modelling themselves on New York or London.

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