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China Art Museum

China Art MuseumChina Art Museum, located at No. 205, Shangnan Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai was opened on October 1, 2012. It was previously the China Pavilion of Expo 2010. Covering about 39 acres (16 hectares), it is one of the largest museums in Asia. Twenty-seven exhibition halls are mainly distributed among the 49-meter floor, the 41-meter floor, the 33-meter floor and the 0-meter floor. A top-down visiting route is recommended.


 

Basic Exhibitions

The basic exhibitions include four themes: the Origin of Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art, Artworks Featuring Shanghai’s Historical and Cultural Development, the Artworks of Noted Painters and Arts Development in the New Century.

The artworks of “The Origin of the Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art”, are arranged in Halls 2, 3, and 6 of the 49-meter floor and Halls 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the 41-meter floor.  They were mainly created in modern Shanghai. About 1,200 pieces of delicate artworks, including Chinese paintings, oil paintings, prints, sculptures, and calligraphy are on display. This themed exhibition is the first one focusing on the history of art of Shanghai and China.

The second themed show is called “The Exhibition of the Achievement of the Project for the Creation of Artworks Featuring Shanghai’s Historical and Cultural Development”, which is located in Halls 15 and 16 on the 0-meter floor. The artworks in this unit keep a close relationship with the local culture.

Famous paintings of seven noted painters are displayed in Halls 22, 23 and 24 on the 0-meter floor.

The fourth show is displayed in Hall 1 of the 49-meter floor and Halls 20 and 21 of the 0-meter floor, Chinese culture and the beauty of the Chinese landscape are expressed through about 200 paintings and 50 sculptures in this chapter. It is open to the public for one year from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
 

 

Classical Collections

Apart from the four basic exhibitions, there are two excellent paintings in the museum. The highlight of the museum collections - the painting “Immortals Toasting the Birthday of Heavenly Queen Mother” - is exhibited in Hall 4, of the 49-meter floor. It is a representative work of Ren Bonian, a famous Chinese painter in the late Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The painting describes the lively scene at a birthday party. Forty-six figures as well as trees, birds, stones and other characters are well proportionately arranged on the painting. In order to protect the treasure, this painting is covered by glass and visitors are required to stand on the conveyor belt to appreciate this treasure without stopping in front of it. Those who are eager to get a close look can pass the conveyor belt again or see a replica in red and white colors outside the hall.

The other famous collection is the moving multi-media “Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival”. It used to strike the audience’s eyes during the Shanghai Expo and now it is stored in Hall 5 of the 49-meter floor. This modern electronic picture is 30 times larger than the original one created by the famous artist Zhang Zeduan of the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127). It vividly depicts the prosperous city life in ancient China.  More than 1,000 figures appear in the day and night scenes.


 

Transportation:

1. Take subway line 8 and get off at China Art Museum.
2. Take bus no. 82, 164, 454 or 1030 and get off at Xueye Road Shangnan Road Station. Then you need to keep walking until you find a crossroad, turn right and walk along the Shangnan Road around 400 yards (366 meters) to find the museum.
3. Take City Sightseeing Bus to get to the museum directly.
 Shanghai Bus / Subway Search

 
Admission Fee Visitors can get the free tickets when they arrive there.
1. One ID number or Passport No. is valid for one ticket.
2. CNY20 for special show.
*Children who are not taller than 4.3 feet and seniors over 70 years can enjoy the show free of charge. Children between 6 to 18 years old and seniors between 60 to 70 years old enjoy a 50% off.
Opening Time 10:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Sunday (No entry after 17:00)
Closed on Monday except for legal public holidays
Facilities Audio Guide Service: Deposit: CNY200; Rent: CNY20.
Bassinet and Wheelchairs Service: Deposit: CNY200, Free rent.
Storing Service: Free storage service is provided.
Hotline: 400-921-9021

 Nearby Attraction:
Power Station of Art