Monday, May 31, 2010

Minsheng Art Museum (民生现代美术馆) opened on April 18th, 2010 with the
exhibition titled Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art. The
exhibition boasts an impressive collection of 100 original works from
the past 30 years. The works are from 80 different artists including
famous artists such as Xu Bing, Zhao Bandi, Qiu Zhijie, Din Yi, Fang
Lijun, Cai Guoqiang, Zhou Tiehai, and Yang Pei Ming. He Juxing, the
president of the Museum stated that the purpose was "to let audience
review the historic development process of China's contemporary art".

The exhibition space consists of five main rooms and two floors. No.1
and No.2 are on the first floor and No.3-5 are on the second floor.
No.1, No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 are all a single room, whereas, No.2 is
divided into sections. The walls and ceilings are all painted white
and the floors are painted grey. There is a security guard for each
room and they will follow you around from a distance.

Most of the works are quite large and are usually oil on canvas works.
The works displayed in No.1 have an apparent motif of common people
and laborers. When you first enter No.2, the motif seems to be about
Christianity, but as you move on into the next section, the motif
begins to blur. By the time I was finished looking at the works in
No.2, I had no idea what the common theme was that strung those pieces
together. No.3's works mainly consisted of portraits, but the
portraits made me feel a little uneasy. No.4 and No.5's motifs are
also unclear.

There is an entrance fee. A regular ticket is 20RMB and a student
ticket is 5RMB. You have to check-in your bags, but you can bring in a

Bldg F, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu,
near Kaixuan Lu


Amy Chou

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