There’s definitely a cultural revolution going on in China right now and it has to do with the flourishing arts. If you’re into art then there are quite a few areas in Shanghai for you to explore, but the first stop would definitely be one of the various Shanghai art museums, and the national Shanghai Art Museum is probably a good place to begin your arts tour.
It’s centrally located on the park not too far away from the People’s square, and though it mostly doesn’t allow photography inside you’d have to take my word for it that there were some interesting out-of-the-ordinary exhibits in there. Not quite what I expected from an arts museum in China – whatever that may mean.
Wikipedia introduces :
The Shanghai Art Museum (上海美术馆) is an art gallery in the city of Shanghai, China. It is located in the former clubhouse building of the Shanghai Racing Club. Today, it is the home of the Shanghai biennial and stands adjacent to People’s Square. It sits on the edge of People’s Square, and was once the Shanghai Horse Racing course.
To work up your arts appetite, here’s some of what was okay to photograph, and it will hopefully portray the generally gloomy nature of most exhibits, contrasted by a few of extreme hope and happiness.
So compare this theme of work…
To this one…
I’d say the dark side wins again, but that’s just my taste in arts.
During my visit there was a joint exhibition with the Taipei Fine Arts Museum with one special exhibition about “perceptions of the lost island”, or something in that tune. Here’s one sample:
The Taipei 101 and the Shanghai Pudong skyscraper connected by angels. Can you feel the bond?
Not much outthere about the museum, but there’s a bit more here :