Art works replacing food
A Western-styled villa on Huaihai Road M. will be transformed into a small
art museum this year by the Xuhui District government - the first of its kind in
The district is also asking foreign artists how to operate the
Chinese and foreign artists in the city can present
their works to the museum's "jury of artists." Once approved, the works will be
exhibited in the museum.
"We expect to build the museum into a cultural
attraction," Jin Yumin, an official with the Xuhui Cultural Relics Management
Committee who is also in charge of preparing the museum, told Shanghai Daily
The villa, which is located at the intersection of Huaihai and
Fuxing roads, was built in 1933 as the Hongying Library. Hongying is the given
name of Ye Hongying, a local philanthropist.
For around a decade, the villa,
which has received district protection, has been home to a series of
After the district reclaimed the ownership from a Sichuan
cuisine restaurant, it planned to develop it into a museum.
"It is good to
utilize this excellent historic building as an art museum because it has a good
location in the downtown and many people can visit it," Jin said.
district expects the museum to be divided into several sections including an
exhibition area, a multimedia facility and an entertainment corner.
said the museum will update its exhibits regularly and will have a research
"The museum is quite a good idea to spread local culture to the world
and I will be interested to participate in an exhibition," said Lu Zhide, a
renowned painter who is also president of the Australia-China Culture Exchange
He said that such government-run museums are very popular in western
countries, such as a museum of Picasso's works in Barcelona, Spain. He also
suggested the museum organizers collect a batch of works that reflect the
cultural and historic characteristics of the district and the