China is going through a museum boom, which some observers say is outstripping the country's museum practice. Positioned as flagship stores of culture, the new museums are often criticised for their poorly presented exhibits, aimless curating and ineffectual public outreach. But China also has a growing number of world-class museums and galleries – nowhere more so than in Shanghai, a city of 25 million people and one clearly set on becoming China's cultural centre.
We visited some of Shanghai's museums (old and new) during a recent visit and we'll post short pieces on them over the next few days.
The Yuz Museum has all the hallmarks of a great private art museum: it backed by a billionaire art collector (resources are unlikely to pose a challenge), it is housed in a gigantic architect-designed and retro-fitted building, it is supported by a great private collection and, perhaps most significantly, the Yuz has a clearly articulated vision and demonstrated commitment to staging well-curated exhibitions.
You can read an ArtAsiaPacific review of Myth/History here.