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  7. Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

  • 20:00 - 28 July, 2015
Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu
Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu, Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning
Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning

Second Floor Gallery Exterior. Image © Zhu Qingsheng First Floor. Image © Minsheng Art Museum Tsinghua Studio Visit. Image © Fang Zhenning + 22

First Floor. Image © Minsheng Art Museum
First Floor. Image © Minsheng Art Museum

Text description provided by the architects. Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum is a renovation of an old factory from the 1980s.

1F Floor Plan
1F Floor Plan

Its openness, diversity, flexibility make it different from typical galleries, which are always monotonous and secluded. It will be the largest public dedicated exhibition space for Chinese contemporary art.

Second Floor Gallery
Second Floor Gallery

The rapid urbanization brings us not only material civilization heritage, but also a huge amount of wastes. The propensity of love the new and loathe the old causes many old buildings being abandoned. The Panasonic factory at 798 area is devastated and ruined, but its rough, plain and real industrial building features happen to coincide with theattitude of contemporary art.

Section 2-2
Section 2-2

The concept of Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum derives from the above, it respects the simplicity and reality of industrial buildings, aiming at the future of contemporary art space, challenging the high-sounding traditional art museum.

Second Floor
Second Floor

1. diversity of spaces, replacing single space pattern of "white cube"

Comparing to traditional art, a distinguishing feature of contemporary art is the diversity form of representation. In order to facilitate this, Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum not only has the 5 meters clear height space of traditional art museum, but also has spaces of different sizes and dimensions: big box, middle box, small box, classic space, courtyard exhibition space, black box(multi-function performance, convention, exhibition spaces).

Second Floor
Second Floor

They are organized organically by the central space full of tension, combining with open exhibition spaces such as installation park in front of the art museum, exhibition platform on the rooftop, and central courtyard, forming a group of spaces with different dimensions and shapes.

First Floor
First Floor

2. publicity and flexibility, replacing traditional mode of closure and solidity

Future art museum should be the art space of interaction and communication among public, art works and artists, rather than the temple of successful artists showing glory.

First Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning
First Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning

The most meaningful moment of art work is the interaction and participation of the public, rather than the moment of its completion. Spaces that are flexible, useful, or even useless, can become the motivation of creativity for artists, of specific site and environment, therefore integrating art works, public and art museum as a whole.

First Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning
First Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning

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Cite: "Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu" 28 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/770963/minsheng-contemporary-art-museum-studio-pei-zhu-studio-pei-zhu/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning

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