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Shanghai art museum debuts contemporary art collection

(study.edu.sh.gov.cn) | Oct 17, 2019

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An exhibition of contemporary art is held at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai. [Photo/ eastday.com]

The Power Station of Art, a museum of contemporary art in Shanghai, is currently displaying its collection for the first time in seven years.

The exhibition consists of more than 60 artworks by nearly 40 domestic and foreign artists, and it features various forms of art, including photography, paintings, sculptures, installations, and documents. It will run until Mar 8, 2020.

On the second floor of the museum, visitors will be able to learn about collection care, rehabilitation, transportation, and research.

"Taxi in midnight", an image by Rheim Alkadhi, has been cast directly on a wooden board, giving it an entirely new dimension.

Hu Weiyi, an artist of the post-90 generation, is showcasing an installation piece. Hu made a miniature film studio by installing seven pinhole cameras in an old suitcase, which continuously capture objects from a very close distance on a track and display the captured images on a screen in real time.

"It is important for the healthy development of art that public institutions promote work by young artists," said Hu, "some domestic public institutions only display works with high market value. If they offer a fair chance to quality works by young artists, I believe we will start seeing more talented up-and-coming artists."

In the seven years since the establishment of the museum, the number of people visiting the Power Station of Art has increased from around 200,000 to around 600,000.

At the exhibition's opening ceremony, Gong Yan, curator of the Power Station of Art, said that in the future, the museum will coordinate with artists to establish a collection system for contemporary Chinese art.

"I hope the collection of contemporary Chinese art can represent the entire history of art in China," Gong said.


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Visitors admire exhibits at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai. [Photo/eastday.com]

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