Shanghai's new Museum of Glass is amazing feat of design and technology. Opened just last week, the glass art space is a must for anyone in the Shanghai area that want to get their minds blown. Definitely putting this on my list of places to visit when I'm in China next time.
From the website:
The Shanghai Glass Company Ltd initiated and sponsored the establishment of the Shanghai Museum of Glass. Having witnessed the industrial development of glass in Shanghai, this Company has painstakingly preserved and recorded one hundred years of glass history and culture. Observing that an ordinary glass factory had such an extraordinary history, Zhang Lin, CEO of the Shanghai Glass Museum, transformed the once hot and stuffy glass factory into a space for artistic creation; a place where the ordinary glass renders, in a creative manner, the extraordinary imaginations and endless sharing.
Sharing the unlimited possibilities of glass is both the vision and the true value of the Shanghai Museum of Glass. After exploring dozens of museums around the world, the Museum’s founding committee invited the German architectural team Tilman Thuermer to design the Museum based on a concept juxtaposing past and present. The design that emerged integrates the building’s original structure and unique characteristics while adding modern functionality and symbolism. The colorful glass art space shares an essential creative experience with visitors, setting a new direction for International Museums of the future. Both the building glass and the top glass artwork on display inside offer an unforgettable combination of art and technology to visitors. On top of this, Shanghai University provides academic and artistic support to the Museum.
Shanghai Museum of Glass seeks to create a new kind of experience in museums, to contract the distance between China and the Western, glass art and the other artistic forms, history and works, culture and industry, glass art and human beings with rich knowledge of history, fabulous art works, an open communication space and community-based channels of promotion.
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