Last weekend marked the opening of the second branch of the Long Museum in the Xuhui Riverside Development Area of Shanghai, that will also house the future DreamWorks Animation culture and entertainment complex “Dream Center” in 2017.
The museum is the largest privately owned museum in China (founded by Chinese collectors Liu Yiqian and Wang Wei) and is indeed impressive in size: it spans over 33.000 square meters and has 16.000 square meters of exhibition space.
Designed by Chinese architect Liu Yichun of Atelier Deshaus, the museum covers 4 floors and includes exhibition galleries, reading rooms, a shop and a café overlooking the Pudong River (however, currently only the galleries are open to the public). The site sure requires a lot of maintenance – the opening reception took place on March 28 and it was still under construction last time we checked on April 1.
The Long Museum West Bund does not adopt the closed spatial pattern typical of ordinary museums but functionally embraces openness and public involvement. For instance, on the above-ground floors, there is a river-view restaurant, a public courtyard, a concert hall, a café, and an art shop; in the first basement, there is an exhibition hall for children, a library, rooms for artifact restoration, and an art bookshop; in the second basement, there is a parking lot available for over 300 cars. Thanks to all these, art is no longer far away from the public but is seamlessly integrated into people’s daily life and leisure.
We went inside and marveled at the size of the building, then took some photos to give you a virtual tour of the venue without disclosing much of the current exhibition: “Re:View”.
For the opening exhibition, Long Museum has invited Mr. Wang Huangsheng to be the chief curator and Cao Qinghui and Guo Xiaoyan as co-curators. Taking the lineages in art history as the thread and leveraging the features of Long Museum collection, we proudly present “Re-View”: Opening Exhibition of Long Museum West Bund in three sections: Ancient / Contemporary, Chinese Paintings / Western Paintings, and Cases / History. The exhibition will show more than 300 artworks by over 200 artists, covering contemporary, modern, and traditional Chinese art.
Adult (One museum): 50RMB/person / (Two museums): 80RMB/person
Concessions: 50% discount for seniors over 70, teachers and college students with valid certificates;
Free Admission: Secondary and primary school students, servicemen and persons with disabilities.
Discounts for Visitors in Groups: 30% discount for groups with 20 or more persons (Telephone reservation at two days’ notice is required. This discount cannot be applied with any other preferential treatment.)
Opening Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm, Monday-Sunday. Last admission is at 5:00pm.
Address: 3398 Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District Shanghai
By Andreea Dragut
[Photographs by Andreea Dragut]