Shanghai, China's financial center, is the city with the largest number of art museums in the country, and going to art museums to "see exhibitions" is gaining more and more young people's love.

The museum witnesses and embodies the development of Shanghai's urban image, reflecting the regional characteristics and cultural trends of Shanghai. As Zhang Lei, a researcher at the Shanghai Art Research Center, said, under the promotion of the art museum, Shanghai has added more artistic and cultural attributes in addition to the attributes of financial center and trade center, and its image of a diversified and inclusive modern metropolis has become fuller and more three-dimensional, making it more unique among many large cities.

"Post-90s" Ms. Tang usually chooses to go to art museums with her children to see exhibitions in her spare time, "the better the exhibition, the more you need to accumulate before visiting the exhibition, the more knowledge reserves, the greater the harvest".

Similar to Ms. Tang, Ai Li, who is engaged in children's art education, said that in the past, she liked to see special exhibitions in some museums and art galleries, with the idea of "opening her eyes", but now, she is more of a learning mentality, such as how artists create these works from the perspective of teachers, and thinking about how to pass this observation to young students.

"Arriving at the art museum means arriving at an imagination, releasing oneself from the dimension of reality, from everyday life, and arriving at a more diverse civilization and life experience." Pan Li, a senior media person and author of "Walking Shanghai Art Museum", said at the "Visible Art Museum - "Walking Shanghai Art Museum" New Book Sharing Meeting on the 17th that compared with traditional museum buildings, modern art museums will consider "publicity" when constructing; People come to the museum not only to visit the exhibition, but also to get a more open art experience and a richer and more diverse experience of other activities.

As the main water veins of Shanghai, the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek have developed in the past 20 years to give birth to an artistic vein born by the water. By 6, Suzhou Creek has distributed more than 3 large and small art spaces along the 2023.100-kilometer-long waterfront space, and multiple art zones have gathered on both sides of the Huangpu River.

"Walking Shanghai Art Museum" combs through the main art museums along Shanghai's "one river and one river", and rearranges the city's public art map with the geographical concept of "water system". Photo courtesy of Tongji University Press

"Walking Shanghai Art Museum" combs through the main art museums along Shanghai's "one river and one river", and rearranges the city's public art map with the geographical concept of "water system". From the aspects of architectural design, curation, operation and other aspects, 15 representative art museums are introduced, including art museums transformed from industrial relics such as coal bunkers, power plants, workshops, etc., and the works designed by architects such as David Chipperfeld, Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, etc., and art museums located in riverside promenades, Bund, lanes, shopping malls, office buildings, etc., sketching a clear and vivid "map of Shanghai Art Museum".

The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (PSA) is located along the Huangpu Riverside by the Nanpu Bridge, and its building was formerly the Nanshi Power Plant. The 165-meter-high chimney, an annex to the former power plant, has also been transformed into a symbol of PSA.

Panorama of the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. Infographic. Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai

Pan Li introduced that PSA focuses on the narrative of contemporary art, and architecture is also the direction it has always paid attention to. As Shanghai's city card and deeply involved in the process of Chinese contemporary art, PSA has a young and lively side while carrying out a grand narrative. For example, the "Young Curators Program", founded in 2014, is open to Chinese art practitioners around the world, and plans to open the call for curatorial proposals through the Internet, and the winners (teams) will receive support from the museum, and the curatorial proposals will be realized in the museum.

As an art museum housed in a national key cultural relic protected building, Toichi Art Museum is positioned as "classic art" and exhibits works from the collections of world-renowned museums. As an important birthplace of modern Chinese art, Shanghai's popularity of imported classic art exhibitions can be traced back to the beginning of reform and opening up in the 20th century.

No. 1 The Bund, Dongyi Art Museum is located in Shanghai Jiushi International Art Center. Infographic. Photo courtesy of Toichi Art Museum

Xie Dingwei, executive director of Dongyi Art Museum, is the son of the famous contemporary calligraphers and painters Xie Zhiliu and Chen Peiqiu. He said frankly that the introduction of foreign exhibitions, some exhibitions can not even achieve a balance of payments, commercial profit is a difficult thing, "We pay more attention to the popularization of art to the people." Art appreciation can be a matter from childhood to old age, and I hope that Shanghainese can enjoy the world's best art on their doorstep. ”

Xie Dingwei found that the crowd of visitors to the exhibition is mainly young people, and young women account for three-quarters of the number of visitors. "What we have to do is to expand the age group, and when the day comes, middle-aged and elderly people in China's exhibition halls account for a large proportion, then it shows that the format of our exhibition has developed to a certain depth." (End)