Museums of Contemporary Art in Asia – part 3


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Hello! The time has come for the last article dedicated to futuristic museums in Asia. Today I will present you complexes, which not only I like the most, but which are also almost at the top of the list of places that I will visit when I finally go to this wonderful continent (keep your fingers crossed for that it will happen as soon as possible!).

Let’s start with the question: What’s in the main picture?


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It is difficult to say. According to the architect Cesar Pella, the museum’s appearance was to imitate the outside of the reed waving in the wind. I personally see an insect with large wings. And what do you see? (I am waiting for suggestions in the comments) If you are wondering, however, where such a museum was created, then the answer is one: Osaka. This National Art Museum in Osaka was built on the island of Nakanoshima. The original museum was designed by architect Arata Isozaki, however in 2004 it was moved to a new building, which you can admire in the picture. Like the museum in Naoshima, here the exhibition rooms are located underground too. In addition, the complex includes an auditorium, a restaurant and a museum store as well as warehouses. A unique feature of this museum is also the collection of works presented there. Although most of them are works from the post-war period, we can also find there some “pearls” – works by Paul Cézanne (my favorite artist), Pablo Picasso or Max Ernst.


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Author: lucia wang
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However, I would not be myself if I did not leave the most original museum at the end. And although it is not somehow futuristic, its form amazingly fits in with architecture and tradition. We’re talking about the China Art Museum in Shanghai. It was built on the occasion of the Expo 2010 organized in this city. In 2012, an exhibition of the Shanghai Museum of Art, which has been operating for many years, was moved to it. The building was designed by a team led by architect He Jingtang. His form was inspired by Chinese brackets called dougong, as well as an ancient brown kettle called ding. The exhibition halls contain mainly exhibits on Chinese contemporary art.


How do you like these museums? Or maybe you were in one of them? I will be happy to hear about your opinions on this topic. I am also open to suggestions from other modern museums in Asia, which I may have missed, and which, in your opinion, should be included in this list.
Due to the fact that these museums did not get any larger elaborations on the Internet, I had to rely on information on Wikipedia. I attach links. If you know any books about this topic, write. I will gladly reach them.

National Museum of Art in Osaka

China Art Museum


Agnieszka Gach

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