French President Macron Attends Opening of West Bund Art Museum

By Bryan Grogan, November 6, 2019

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West Bund Art Museum held its opening ceremony on November 5, with French president Emmanuel Macron among the attendees. Macron is also in town for the China International Import Expo, taking place in Shanghai this week. 

The venue is set to open to the public on November 8, with a pair of exhibitions on show, semi-permanent exhibition, The Shape of Time, as well as feature exhibition, Observations

Both exhibitions are part of West Bund Art Museum’s collaboration with famed Parisian cultural space, Centre Pompidou. The two will undertake a five-year project, Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project, which will see cultural exchanges between the two sides, with three semi-permanent exhibitions of at least 18 months and around 10 feature exhibitions of six months take place at West Bund Art Museum. Centre Pompidou will likewise show three exhibitions focusing explicitly on Chinese contemporary art. 

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Image courtesy of West Bund Art Museum

The Shape of Time features highlights of Centre Pompidou’s art collection of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollack and more. Meanwhile, Observations sets its focus on new media works from 1972 to 2017, with 16 works by 15 artists like Zhang Peili, Dan Graham, Peter Campus and more. 

The museum covers 25,000 square meters and took three years to build. The building was designed by British architect David Chipperfield, whose previous projects include James Simon Galerie on Berlin’s Museum Island and the refurbishment of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 

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Image courtesy of West Bund Art Museum

The opening of the new museum came just days before the opening of West Bund Art and Design 2019 on November 7. 

See listing for West Bund Art Museum. 

READ MORE: UCCA Announce Plans To Open New Museum in Shanghai

[Cover image courtesy of West Bund Art Museum] 

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