CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUMS PROFESSIONALS
The New York Times recently published an article on China’s rapid expansion in the arts and interaction with Western institutions. Despite this growth, China may still lack the professional talent and collection strength to support its new arts infrastructure.
From the The New York Times,
Last year, 395 museums were built across China, according to Chen Jianming, a vice chairman of the Chinese Society of Museums and the director of the Hunan Provincial Museum. Many of these new museums were devoted to history, but in the years ahead, many more art museums are planned, he said.
But the new urgency for more and bigger museums may be coming too fast, Mr Chen added. There are not enough trained personnel to build collections and oversee educational programs, and some new museums will not have sufficiently high-standard collections, he said.
Is this an issue that will continue to dog Chinese art institutions, or will local museums and universities rise to the challenge? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment in the section below.
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- MoMA Asia Art Archive collaborate, launch Chinese art projects with public programmes – September 2010 – an early interaction between Western and Chinese institutions prescient for current trends
- Asia Art Forum 2010 meets growing demand for art collector education in China – Jing Daily – May 2010 – education support is becoming a key focus in China’s drive to cultural primacy
- China to use “soft power” of arts for international influence – January 2010 – China’s cultural expansion is not without a political edge
- Contemporary art market in Asia now bigger than US for first time says Artprice – November 2009 – Asia overtakes the United States in art auction revenue
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