What's On | March 2011


Art of Enlightenment - Reopening of the world's largest Museum (China)

Art of Enlightenment - Reopening of the world's largest Museum (China)

Main image: Architekturentwurf des National Museum of China © CABR Architectural Design Institute, GMP International


The World's largest museum has reopened its doors after a four year renovation which has created 28 new exhibition halls (increasing it to 49 in total) and tripled the amount of exhibition space from 65,000 to 200,000 square meters, added a 800 seat theater and 300 seat conference room. A renovation which cost $ 367 million dollars. 

The National Museum of China is located on the east side of the famous Tiananment Square in Beijng and home to 1 million artifacts.


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Antoine Watteau | Gesellschaft im Freien, um 1720 | © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Foto: Jörg P. Anders


The National Museum will join hands with three major German museums, including the Berlin National Museum, the Dresden National Art Collection Museum and the Bavarian State Picture Galleries, to hold its first exhibition after reopening. The theme of the exhibition is "Illuminative Arts." A large number of famous art works of Germany will come to China at that time, and the exhibition will last 12 months.

According to Lv Zhang, the director of the National Museum, basic exhibitions in the museum will be free to the public, while some special exhibitions will charge a relatively small amount for a ticket due to preparation expenses.


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Claude Joseph Vernet:  Schiffbruch im Gewittersturm, 1770 | © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Foto: Sibylle Forster


The exhibition will bring together almost 600 Masterpieces from Chodowiecki, Friedrich, Gainsborough, Goya, Graff, Greuze, Hogarth, Kauffmann, Pesne, Piranesi, Tischbein, Vernet und Watteau, occupying 2700 m². Art in various types of medium will be exhibited, from paintings to sculpture to graphics, from subjects ranging from fashion to science, all around the central themes of life in the 18th Century.



2 April 2011 - 31 March 2012







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