To the delight of the art loving and creative people across China, the Rockbund Art Museum has been restored. Part of the larger development project in shanghai, museum’s interior has been designed by British architect, David Chipperfield. This.
To the delight of the art loving and creative people across China, the Rockbund Art Museum has been restored. Part of the larger development project in shanghai, museum’s interior has been designed by British architect, David Chipperfield. This museum opened to the public with a show curated by the artist Cai Guo-Qiang and it features robots, DIY flying machines and a rooftop UFO.
Whereas the Shanghai Expo 2010 proved to be an arena for the companies as well as countries to flaunt latest inventions, Cai Guo-Qiang’s ‘peasant Da Vincis’ tells the tales of the farmer inventors from all over China, who’ve shown immense passion and audacity in a quest to make their dreams come out true.
Other than showing these DIY creations, the project invites the artists and inventors to create and demonstrate their works, thus encouraging the public argument on the raw DIYs as well as on their aesthetics, social and cultural implications.
Museum showcases five submarines, four airplanes, helicopters and flying saucers in an environment which is lyrical and spiritual, enclosed by green grass, blossoming flowers and live birds. Visitors are attracted to the museum by a Glowing UFO, ‘flying saucer C’ by Du Wenda, spinning on the roof.
Entry to the museum is made through courtyard that has been morphed into a makeshift construction site. Also, there are three large paintings on the rooftop plaza having three slogans painted in giant Chinese characters: ‘never learned how to land’ ‘what’s important isn’t whether you can fly’ ‘peasants - making a better city, a better life’. All these are enough to attract the attention of creative men and to mesmerize the onlookers at the same time.