Long Museum West Bund
Restaurants and shops come and go in the blink of an eye, but we can always rely on a museum to stand the test of time – and this year, Shanghai is set to welcome not just one but three new exhibition spaces: a ping pong museum, a natural history museum, and first and foremost, an arts museum. The last-mentioned, Long Museum West Bund, has now been revealed to the public and, as is expected of China’s largest private art museum at 33,000 square feet, is she a real head-turner!
The second installment in Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian and his wife Wang Wei's expanding arts empire (Long Museum Pudong was the first), this striking modern-minimalist riverside block was conceptualised by Atelier Deshaus’ most innovative architect, Liu Yichun. The centre’s main focus is China’s most cutting edge and contemporary art, from impressionist and surrealist painters like He Duoling, Wu Dayu, Liu Haisu, and Guan Liang. But LMWB also boasts a neat cache of ancient and traditional masterpieces, such as two extremely rare Song Dynasty (960 AD-1279) pieces, another five from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and Qing Dynasty artist Puru’s calligraphy and artworks, currently on show until the end of June, so don’t hang about!
3398 Longteng Ave / Xuhui /+86 21 6422 7636 / 10am-6pm daily, last admission 5pm / thelongmuseum.org