Shanghai Sculpture Space Tours – Shanghai, China
Shanghai Sculpture Space
About this place
The Shanghai Sculpture Space (上海城市雕塑艺术中心) emerged on to the Shanghai art scene with its grand opening on November 11, 2005. Despite being hidden behind a mini restaurant strip mall on Huai Hai Road, the museum is anything but modest with an impressive history and remarkable collection of Chinese modern sculptures.
The restoration and reuse of this historic building represents a relatively new concept in China, but the result is equally as appealing as the restoration efforts in the posh area of Xintiandi. Built in the early 20th century, the warehouse was originally a steelmaking factory that had long stood unused before developers recognized its potential.
The sculpture exhibited in the space is modern, completed by Chinese National artists within the past 100 years. The styles of sculpture are diverse, but even the novice art enthusiast will appreciate the fun and often straightforward themes that are conveyed. Be sure not to miss the second space behind the original warehouse which houses sculptures by new artists. I particularly enjoyed the sculptures of daily Chinese life, as well as several sculptures that represent the tragedy of September 11, 2001 in the United States.
For a quick fix of some culture in a city full of great food and shopping, this museum is definitely worth a visit! The museum is free, but as of December, 2005, provides no English translation on the sculpture descriptions. Ask for a translator and, if you are lucky, you will be provided with a tour guide who will give you some details in English.
Unfortunately no subway station near by, so hop in a cab and head away from the Bund on Huai Hai Road – unless you get stuck in traffic you’ll be there about 10 minutes after you pass XiangYang Market (襄阳市场).
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